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Location Estonia, Pärnu County
Central coordinates 24o 3.00' East  58o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 109,330 ha
Altitude
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
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1995-2000  1,000 individuals  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1996  400 individuals  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis passage  1991-1999  10,000-15,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor non-breeding  1995-2000  2,100 individuals  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1990-1999  400-600 individuals  unknown  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1990-2001  2,000-17,500 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope passage  1995-2000  16,000-20,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila passage  1993  15,000-57,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Melanitta nigra passage  1993-1999  55,000-132,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Melanitta fusca passage  1993-1999  70,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis passage  1993-1999  57,000-270,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Vulnerable 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula non-breeding  1995-1997  3,000-4,500 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  2001  750 breeding pairs  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo non-breeding  1996-1997  3,000-6,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina breeding  1996-2001  20-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  2001  350 breeding pairs  unknown  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1996-1997  1,300-1,500 breeding pairs  unknown  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  1996-1997  1,000-1,200 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1996-2000  15-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus breeding  1995-2000  2-3 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1993  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Audru poldri hoiuala Limited Management Zone 560 protected area contained by site 560  
Audru roostik Nature Reserve 70 protected area contained by site 70  
Kastna - EE0040312 Habitats Directive 123 protected area contained by site 123  
Kastna maastikukaitseala Landscape Protection Area 123 protected area overlaps with site 105  
Kihnu - EE0040313 Habitats Directive 9,136 protected area contained by site 9,136  
Kihnu hoiuala Limited Management Zone 1,096 protected area contained by site 1,096  
Luitemaa looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 11,220 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Manija maastikukaitseala Landscape Protection Area 204 protected area contained by site 204  
Manilaiu- Hanilaiu - EE0040328 Habitats Directive 204 protected area contained by site 204  
P Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 114,400 protected area overlaps with site 106,900  
P Limited Management Zone 102,766 protected area overlaps with site 100,100  
Pärnu lahe - EE0040346 Birds Directive 109,581 protected area overlaps with site 106,900  
Raespa - EE0040349 Habitats Directive 244 protected area contained by site 244  
Sangelaiu p Species Protection Site 2,628 protected area contained by site 2,628  
Sangelaiud Nature Reserve 201 protected area contained by site 201  
Sõmeri - EE0040356 Habitats Directive 361 protected area contained by site 361  
Sorgu - EE0040358 Habitats Directive 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Sorgu saar Nature Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 3  
T Landscape Protection Area 1,282 protected area contained by site 1,282  
Tõstamaa - EE0040363 Habitats Directive 1,282 protected area contained by site 1,282  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   96%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  1%
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Grassland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture 2%
fisheries/aquaculture 95%
nature conservation and research 99%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pärnu bay (NEW). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2014

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