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Location Estonia, Valga County,Võru County
Central coordinates 26o 29.00' East  57o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 13,014 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1991-2000  3-5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1991-2000  20-50 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1995-2000  5-7 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Karula - EE0080671 Birds Directive 13,189 protected area overlaps with site 12,259  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  74%
Artificial - terrestrial   16%
Shrubland   6%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  3%
Grassland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
forestry 35%
fisheries/aquaculture 2%
nature conservation and research 99%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karula. Downloaded from on 27/03/2015

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