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Location Latvia, Balvi district,Gulbene district,Madona district,Rezekne district
Central coordinates 26o 54.00' East  56o 57.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 14,737 ha
Altitude 90 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba



Site description Vast complex of forests and wetlands along the Pededze and Aiviekste rivers. Mostly covered by deciduous and coniferous forest, with significant areas of former fens and meadows in transition to bushes and forest. It comprises remnants of open natural flood-plain meadows along the widely meandering Pededze river lined with many oxbows and scattered Oak trees. Listed as an IBA since 1994 [3, 4, 1]. High protection level: there is a 90% overlap with three restricted nature reserves: Pededzes lejtece, Parabaine (both candidate SPAs) and Seldzu oak grove.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1994-2004  3-8 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina breeding  1994-2004  10-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga breeding  1994-2004  1-2 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  50-100 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
Ural Owl Strix uralensis resident  1994-2004  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius resident  1994-2004  20-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lubana mitrajs - LV0536600 Birds Directive 51,352 protected area contains site 14,737  
Pārabaine Nature Reserve 9,850 protected area overlaps with site 8,593  
Pededzes lejtece Nature Reserve 4,663 protected area overlaps with site 4,650  
Seldżu ozolu audze Nature Reserve 17 protected area contained by site 17  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  64%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs  8%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  2%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  9%
Shrubland Scrub  17%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry major
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pededze forest and Parabaine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014

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