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Location Latvia, Dobele district
Central coordinates 22o 54.00' East  56o 32.00' North
IBA criteria C3
Area 885 ha
Altitude 100 - 113m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba



Site description A shallow (1.5 m) eutrophic lake with a silt bottom, low banks and a high (40%) cover of emergent vegetation. It is encircled by a belt of fens, bushes and, in parts, wet forest. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [3, 1]. Almost fully protected: there is a 98.2% overlap with Viku fen restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA. Most of 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
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1994-2004  500-3,000 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cuzu purvs Nature Reserve 96 protected area overlaps with site 869  
Viku purvs - LV0504700 Birds Directive 875 protected area contained by site 875  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  17%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  83%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry minor
hunting major
fisheries/aquaculture minor
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Lielauce. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2014

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