Daudzeva fishponds and Aklais bog

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
A raised bog (1,055 ha) with forested peninsulas, several small lakes, surrounding forest stands (Pinus, Picea), and fish-ponds. Human activities include cranberry Vaccinium collecting, hunting, fishing, forestry and agriculture.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for migrant Cygnus cygnus (at least 500, possibly mixed with C. columbianus, recorded in spring) and for breeding Pandion haliaetus. Other migrating waterbirds are thought to occur at the fish-ponds in significant numbers, and Tetrao urogallus is said to breed at high density.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is threatened by forestry and associated drainage. The fish-ponds and a proportion of forest remain unprotected.

Protected areas
National Partial International None1,900 ha of IBA covered by Restricted Nature Territory (Aklais bog, 1,900 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Daudzeva fishponds and Aklais bog. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.