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Location Estonia, Harju County,Lääne-Viru County
Central coordinates 25o 56.00' East  59o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2
Area 5,683 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A complex of raised bogs, fens, transitional mires, forest and many small lakes in northern Estonia. The main land-use is forestry.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1996  uncommon [units unknown]  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ohepalu - EE0020205 Birds Directive 5,897 protected area contains site 5,683  
Ohepalu - EE0020205 Habitats Directive 5,897 protected area overlaps with site 5,611  
Ohepalu looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 5,058 protected area contained by site 5,058  
Valgejõe - EE0010156 Habitats Directive 32 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  52%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  23%
Shrubland   23%
Grassland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 99%
forestry 20%
agriculture 2%
fisheries/aquaculture 2%

Protection status National High International None2,946 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Ohepalu, 5,058 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ohepalu. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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