Engure lake

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC passage 1994-2004 500-5,000 individuals C3
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena LC breeding 1994-2004 600 breeding pairs C3
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus VU breeding 1994-2004 2-10 breeding pairs C6
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1994-2004 40-60 breeding pairs C6
Little Crake Zapornia parva LC breeding 1994-2004 20-30 breeding pairs C6
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 1994-2004 520-800 individuals C2
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1994-2004 30 breeding pairs C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC breeding 1994-2004 2 breeding pairs C6
Ruff Calidris pugnax LC breeding 1994-2004 10-15 breeding pairs C6
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus LC breeding 1994-2004 100-150 breeding pairs B2
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 1994-2004 60-120 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 1994-2004 400-500 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC resident 1994-2004 2-3 breeding pairs C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 1994-2004 30 breeding pairs C6
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC resident 1994-2004 2-3 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 20,000 individuals C4

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Engures ezers Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 867 protected area contains site 12,726
Engures ezers Nature Park 12,580 protected area contains site 12,667
Engure lake Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 17,364 protected area overlaps with site 4,245


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland, Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs, Raised bogs, Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water -
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas, Highly improved re-seeded landscapes -
Other -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Engure lake. Downloaded from on 23/01/2020.