Svete lower reaches

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 passage 1994-2004 500-1,000 individuals C2
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC passage 1994-2004 2,500-6,500 individuals C3
Northern Pintail Anas acuta LC passage 1994-2004 1,500 individuals C3
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1994-2004 25-50 breeding pairs C1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 20,000 individuals C4

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)
Svetes paliene Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 932 is identical to site 931
Svētes paliene Dabas parks 931 is identical to site 919
Svetes paliene Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 932 is identical to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Highly improved re-seeded landscapes -
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Svete lower reaches. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.