A bog which was formerly exploited for peat and then abandoned without any restorative measures being taken. It has now undergone some natural recovery, aided by the dam-creating activities of Eurasian beavers Castor fiber which are very common in the area.
The area is important for breeding Porzana porzana, for migrating Grus grus, and for moulting birds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (a few calling males).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Novaraistis State Ornithological Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/07/2020.