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Location Latvia, Ventspils district
Central coordinates 21o 31.00' East  57o 9.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3
Area 1,434 ha
Altitude 1 - 6m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Modified part of Uzava river flood-plain, encompassing an old polder system with dykes and drained fields established in the 1960s over a vast area of natural fen and flooded meadows. The areas consists of abandoned fields with grasslands among shrub-lined ditches and a few remaining oxbow lakes. The area gets flooded irregularly. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [3, 1], under the former international site name "Uzava lower reaches". Fully protected: there is a 100% overlap with the newly designated Uzavas lejtece nature park, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1994-2004  1,000-5,000 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1994-2004  100-2,000 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  50 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sarnates purvs - LV0517200 Birds Directive 1,423 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Uzavas lejtece Restricted Nature Territory 1,434 protected area overlaps with site 1,434  
Uzavas lejtece - LV0304300 Birds Directive 1,434 is identical to site 1,434  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  85%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  6%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  6%
Shrubland Scrub  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uzava lowland. Downloaded from on 03/05/2015

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