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Location Estonia, Tartu County
Central coordinates 27o 13.00' East  58o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C6
Area 255 ha
Altitude 30 m
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A shallow lake with reedbeds on the western shore of Lake Peipsi in eastern Estonia. The main economic activity is fishing.

Key Biodiversity An important staging and breeding area for several waterbird species. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Larus minutus (50-60 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1994-1996  200-1,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  2002  25-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  2002  50-60 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lahepera hoiuala Limited Management Zone 14,056 protected area contains site 255  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  97%
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 35%
tourism/recreation -
agriculture 2%
forestry 1%
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lahepera lake. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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