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Location Latvia, Madona district
Central coordinates 26o 11.00' East  56o 43.00' North
IBA criteria C1
Area 1,156 ha
Altitude 80 - 90m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description The site consists of a section of the mostly open and highly natural Aiviekste river flood-plain. It comprises significant areas of natural and regularly flooded meadows. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [2, 1]. Fully protected: there is a 99.7% overlap with the newly designated Aiviekste flood-plain nature park, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is due to differences in methods in boundary setting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  100 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aiviekstes paliene Nature Park 1,155 protected area overlaps with site 1,152  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  11%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  54%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  14%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  14%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  7%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
forestry 5%
tourism/recreation minor
urban/industrial/transport minor
hunting minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aiviekste flood-plain. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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