Pape lake

Country/territory: Latvia

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2000)
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Area: 4,400 ha

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description
A shallow coastal lake, richly overgrown with Phragmites, Typha, Scirpus and surrounded by Carex meadows. An artificial channel connects the lake with the Baltic Sea. The lake is used for fishing and hunting.

Key biodiversity
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on a regular basis, and hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of landbirds (diurnal raptors, owls, pigeons and passerines) migrate through the area in a narrow and well-defined stream (between the east coast of the lake and the seashore), mainly in autumn. Mixed flocks of up to 1,000 Anser fabalis/A. albifrons occur on autumn passage. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (on passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding), Crex crex (breeding), Acrocephalus paludicola (status unknown).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pape lake. Downloaded from on 08/12/2022.