Flooded meadows arround the Senoji & Naujoji Rusne lakes

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2004 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 - 1999 300 individuals C3
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC passage 1999 800 individuals C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC passage 1996-1999 10,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1999 80 males A1, C1
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1996-1998 15 males B3
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT breeding 1996-1999 20 breeding pairs B2
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus LC breeding 1999 30 breeding pairs B2
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 1999 80 breeding pairs B2, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2004).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Senrusnės ir Sennemunės ežerai Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,586 is identical to site 1,586
Senosios Rusnes ornitologinis draustinis Gamtinis draustinis 95 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Standing freshwater -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Grassland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research -
fisheries/aquaculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
agriculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Flooded meadows arround the Senoji & Naujoji Rusne lakes. Downloaded from on 22/09/2023.