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Location Estonia, Lääne County,Pärnu County,Rapla County
Central coordinates 24o 13.00' East  58o 41.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 19,260 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2003

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1995-2001  5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  2000-2002  3 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  1995-2001  100 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1995-2001  150 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Avaste - EE0020338 Habitats Directive 8,451 protected area contained by site 8,451  
Lihula - EE0040213 Habitats Directive 6,719 protected area contained by site 6,719  
Tuhu - EE0040214 Habitats Directive 4,027 protected area contained by site 4,027  
Tuhu-Kesu - EE0040208 Birds Directive 19,197 is identical to site 18,818  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs  31%
Shrubland   44%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  23%
Grassland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 98%
agriculture 1%
forestry 10%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tuhu-Kesu. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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