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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)  
Uzavas lejtece Restricted Nature Territory 1,434 protected area overlaps with 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 and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Uzava lowland. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015

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