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Location Estonia, Valga County,Võru County
Central coordinates 26o 26.00' East  57o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 2,548 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A large complex of flood-plain meadows and scrub along the Mustjõgi river in south-eastern Estonia. The main land-uses are cattle-grazing and haymaking.

Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996-2001  50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  2001  10-15 males only  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991-2001  5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   7%
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  22%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%
Grassland Humid grasslands  51%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
tourism/recreation -
forestry 20%
nature conservation and research 97%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Koiva-Mustjõe. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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