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Location Estonia, Lääne County,Rapla County
Central coordinates 23o 59.00' East  58o 56.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 7,636 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A large raised bog with pools in western Estonia. There is practically no exploitative land-use.

Key Biodiversity The bog is an important roosting place in autumn for migrating Grus grus, and a good diversity of mire and forest species breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  2002  100-150 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  2002  70-100 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Species Protection Site 590 protected area contained by site 590  
Marimetsa looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 5,056 protected area contained by site 5,056  
Marimetsa- Limited Management Zone 2,091 protected area overlaps with site 1,662  
T Species Protection Site 91 protected area overlaps with site 67  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  35%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs  36%
Shrubland   28%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 30%
nature conservation and research 95%

Protection status National High International None4,599 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Marimetsa, 4,599 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Marimetsa-Õmma. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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