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Location Latvia, Valmiera district
Central coordinates 25o 15.00' East  57o 52.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 444 ha
Altitude 40 - 60m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description A section of Ruja river flood-plain least affected by canalisation, drainage and abandonment. It consists of remnants of natural meanders with some ox-bows and open flood-plain meadows. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [2, 1]. Fully protected: there is a 100% overlap with the newly designated Ruja floodplain restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  20-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1994-2004  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rujas paliene Restricted Nature Territory 444 protected area overlaps with site 444  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  19%
Shrubland Scrub  13%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  47%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  9%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  12%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 15%
agriculture 7%
nature conservation and research major
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ruja flood-plain. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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