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Location Latvia, Dobele district,Saldus district
Central coordinates 22o 42.00' East  56o 33.00' North
IBA criteria C2, C6
Area 3,233 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba



Site description A forest and wetland complex consisting of two raised bogs, Sturu and Zvardes bogs, and mostly mixed forest interspersed with a few other smaller wetlands. The site is bordered to a large extent by Zvarde forests IBA in the SW part where two small lakes are included. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [1]. High protection level there is a 93.5% overlap with Zvarde restricted nature reserve, 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 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1994-2004  400-1,000 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  1994-2004  9-10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zvarde Nature Reserve 3,072 protected area overlaps with site 3,022  
Zvarde - LV0525600 Birds Directive 3,072 protected area contained by site 3,072  
Zvardes mezi - LV0305000 Birds Directive 8,173 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  36%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  minor
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  1%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  52%
Shrubland Scrub  11%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 15%
military -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 7%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sturu and Zvardes bogs. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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