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Location Latvia, Balvi district
Central coordinates 27o 48.00' East  57o 15.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 7,842 ha
Altitude 95 - 140m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba



Site description Large area of mixed and deciduous forest interspersed with open farmland. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [3, 1]. Shape and size of the area was dramatically modified during LIFE-Nature project in 2001-2003. Fully protected: there is a 100% overlap with the newly designated Vecumi forests nature park, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1994-2004  3 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1994-2004  14 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1994-2004  15-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vecumu mezi Nature Park 7,842 protected area overlaps with site 7,842  
Vecumu mezi - LV0304800 Birds Directive 7,880 protected area contains site 7,842  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  41%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  33%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  16%
Shrubland Scrub  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vecumi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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