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Location Estonia, Põlva County
Central coordinates 27o 21.00' East  58o 8.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2
Area 2,073 ha
Altitude 42 - 52m
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A raised bog in eastern Estonia, with small lakes and some forest. The main economic activity is forestry.

Key Biodiversity The site 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 passage  1996  1,000 individuals  unknown  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Meelva Nature Reserve 2,073 is identical to site 2,073  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  44%
Shrubland   45%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 2%
nature conservation and research 100%
fisheries/aquaculture 3%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International None1,626 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Meelva, 2,073 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Meelva bog. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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