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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.

Key Biodiversity Ohepalu-Udriku mire complex is an important roosting place for migrating Grus grus in autumn.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1996  uncommon  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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ohepalu. Downloaded from on 04/03/2015

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