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Location Estonia, Pärnu County
Central coordinates 24o 41.00' East  58o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 14,162 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)



Site description A complex of raised bogs, numerous pools, and broadleaved deciduous and mixed forests in south-west Estonia. The main land-uses are forestry, non-intensive agriculture, nature conservation and research, and tourism.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1997-2000  23-44 individuals  unknown  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1996  15,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1996  10,000 individuals  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1990-2000  500 individuals  unknown  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2002-2003  3-4 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  2002-2003  8-9 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  2002-2003  8-10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2002-2003  130-200 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1990-2000  700 individuals  unknown  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Ural Owl Strix uralensis breeding  2002-2003  15-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  1990-2001  5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2002-2003  100-150 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  2002-2003  25-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  2002-2003  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
Picus canus breeding  2002-2003  10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
J Landscape Protection Area 27 protected area contained by site 27  
J Limited Management Zone 1,096 protected area contained by site 1,096  
Järveotsa - EE0040303 Habitats Directive 27 protected area contained by site 27  
Kiusumetsa hoiuala Limited Management Zone 1,432 protected area contained by site 1,432  
Kiusumetsa p Species Protection Site 39 protected area contained by site 39  
Kivikupitsa - EE0040317 Habitats Directive 135 protected area contained by site 135  
Kivikupitsa maastikukaitseala Landscape Protection Area 135 protected area contained by site 135  
Lanksaare p Species Protection Site 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Lanksaare-Veelikse hoiuala Limited Management Zone 523 protected area contained by site 523  
Laulaste - EE0040309 Habitats Directive 1,060 protected area contained by site 1,060  
Laulaste looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 1,060 protected area contained by site 1,060  
Lemmejõe - EE0040342 Habitats Directive 6 protected area overlaps with site 2  
M Limited Management Zone 88 protected area contained by site 88  
Massiaru hoiuala Limited Management Zone 1,422 protected area contained by site 1,422  
Massiaru p Species Protection Site 81 protected area contained by site 81  
Nepstemurru hoiuala Limited Management Zone 426 protected area contained by site 426  
Nigula - EE0040370 Habitats Directive 6,398 protected area contained by site 6,398  
Nigula looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 6,398 protected area contained by site 6,398  
Nigula Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 4,651 protected area contained by site 6,398  
Pihke hoiuala Limited Management Zone 399 protected area contained by site 399  
Põhja-Liivimaa - EE0040344 Birds Directive 19,243 protected area contains site 14,162  
Sookuninga - EE0040369 Habitats Directive 5,869 protected area contained by site 5,869  
Sookuninga looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 5,869 protected area contained by site 5,869  
Sookuninga Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,869 protected area contained by site 5,869  
Urissaare hoiuala Limited Management Zone 238 protected area contained by site 238  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  54%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  12%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  17%
Shrubland   14%
Grassland   3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 45%
nature conservation and research 81%
tourism/recreation -
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,590 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Kodaja, 1,590 ha). 4,951 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Nigula, 4,951 ha). 1,141 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Rongu, 1,141 ha). 4,951 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Nigula, 4,951 ha).

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