IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2002 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1990-1999 400 individuals B1i, B3, C2
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC winter 1990-1999 1,600 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC winter 1990-1999 12,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1990-1999 60,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1990-1999 8,000 individuals B1i, C3
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter 1990-1999 770 individuals B1i, C3
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC winter 1990-1999 1,800 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Little Crake Zapornia parva LC breeding 1990-1999 3 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC passage 1990-1999 10,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2, C6
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus NT winter 1990-1999 70,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC winter 1990-1999 3 individuals C6
Osprey Pandion haliaetus LC winter 1990-1999 40 individuals C6
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC winter 1990-1999 5 individuals C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1990-1999 154,570 individuals A4iii, C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Wälder in der Lewitz Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 999 protected area overlaps with site 911
Töpferberg Naturschutzgebiet 13 protected area contained by site 14
Neustädter See Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 154 protected area contained by site 154
Lewitz Ponds Landscape Protected Area 10,400 unknown 0
Lewitz (Ludwigslust-Parchim, Altkrs. Ludwigslust) Landschaftschutzgebiet 6,956 protected area overlaps with site 6,700
Lewitz - Landkreis Parchim (jetzt Lkrs. Ludwigslust-Parchim) Landschaftschutzgebiet 10,876 protected area overlaps with site 8,452
Lewitz Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 16,477 protected area overlaps with site 14,691
Friedrichsmoor Naturschutzgebiet 155 protected area contained by site 170
Fischteiche in der Lewitz Naturschutzgebiet 1,732 protected area contained by site 1,766


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lewitz. Downloaded from on 22/09/2023.