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Location Estonia, Tartu County
Central coordinates 26o 46.00' East  58o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 953 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description A wetland complex on the flood-plain of the Emajõgi river near the town of Tartu in eastern Estonia, with meadows, lakes, rivers, reedbeds, scrub and reseeded grasslands (polders). The main land-uses are haymaking, sand-mining and recreation.

Key Biodiversity The area is an important breeding site for several waterbird species of flood-plain wetlands. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (3-5 pairs), Gallinago media (5-10 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Larus minutus (min. 50 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  2002  4,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  2002  10,000 individuals  unknown  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  2002  450 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2002  70-80 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  2002  15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  2002  200-300 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  2000-2002  10-15 males only  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1999-2002  90-200 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aardla j Nature Reserve 132 protected area overlaps with site 123  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  3%
Shrubland   30%
Grassland Humid grasslands  36%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  31%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 35%
tourism/recreation -
forestry 3%
nature conservation and research 72%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ropka-Ihaste. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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