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Location Estonia, Saare County
Central coordinates 21o 55.00' East  58o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3
Area 11,190 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A peninsula on the north-western coast of Saaremaa island, surrounded by a shallow (<20 m) sea with shallow (4 m) bays. There are many small lakes, forest, sand-dunes, coastal meadows and grasslands. The primary land-uses are fishing, and grazing of sheep and cattle.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for several waterbird species, notably Polysticta stelleri.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri winter  1993-2000  1,500-2,800 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C3  Vulnerable 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1997  500 individuals  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1996  240 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula winter  1996-2003  3,000-4,530 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kiljatu p Species Protection Site 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Tagam Limited Management Zone 7,889 protected area overlaps with site 6,333  
Vilsandi National Park Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 24,100 protected area overlaps with site 4,800  
Vilsandi rahvuspark National Park 23,760 protected area overlaps with site 4,800  
West Estonian Archipelago UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,560,000 protected area contains site 11,190  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  14%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea   75%
Shrubland   3%
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 70%
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 99%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International High5,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Vilsandi, 16,657 ha). 11,130 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (West Estonian Archipelago, 1,560,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tagamõisa peninsula. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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