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Latvia : LIFE Birds in Adazi - Improving of the conservation status of specially protected bird species in Natura 2000 site Adazi.

Project reference: LIFE12 NAT/LV/000509

Duration: 01-NOV-2013 to 31-OCT -2017

Total budget: 1,537,988.00 , 2041371.47 US Dollar

EU contribution: 768,994.00

Project location : Pieriga

Background: Latvia%s Adazi Natura 2000 site has been largely shaped by military activities. However, a decline in the intensity of military activities has led to overgrowth of open habitats, most notably dry sand heaths with heather (Calluna) and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), which are nesting, foraging and/or mating sites for the black grouse (Tetrao tetrix), European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), European roller (Coracias garrulus), woodlark (Lullula arborea), tawny pipit (Anthus campestris) and other bird species.

The reduced activity at the site will eventually lead to the formation of scrubland/tree cover, which will have little conservation value and will lead to a significant or total loss of both the qualifying habitat types and the listed bird species at the site. The habitats for birds breeding and foraging in open landscapes need to be restored through controlled burning and cutting of trees and bushes, mowing and sod cutting.

Drainage within the territory has also had a negative impact on several habitat types: rivers, floodplain meadows, wet forests, and most notably, raised bog (Rampa Bog), which has been degraded to the point where natural raised bog vegetation has been replaced by vegetation not characteristic for this habitat, including trees and bushes, with potential loss of bog function. This has had a negative impact on the bird species breeding in the bog, though a small breeding population of wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola) remains. A larger population of crane (Grus grus) can be attributed to the greater ecological adaptability of the species.

Objectives: The project%s objectives are:

To restore in the Adazi Natura 2000 site, the breeding and/or foraging habitats of Birds Directive Annex I bird species and Habitats Directive listed heathland and bog habitat types;

To enhance conditions for the long-term sustainability of the Natura 2000 designated features within the site through comprehensive conservation and management planning, taking into account the needs and capacity of land owners and managers, and including awareness raising programmes for these owners and managers, as well as visitors to the site;

To promote cooperation and international networking with other managers of military Natura 2000 sites and institutions working with similar species and habitats.

Expected results:

The restoration of 1100 ha of dry sand heaths, 500 ha of degraded bogs and 20 ha of Western taiga;

Stable or increasing populations of Tetrao tetrix, Caprimulgus europaeus, Coracias garrulus, Lullula arborea, Anthus campestris and red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) breeding and/or foraging in habitat 2320, and of Tetrao tetrix, Grus grus, Tringa glareola and Caprimulgus europaeus in the bog habitat;

The erection of 60 nestboxes and 200 pe

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Publication:Mena Report
Date:Sep 11, 2013
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