A complex of shallow (<4 m) bays with small islets and shallow (<1 m) coastal, relict lakes in the north-western part of Hiiumaa island. There are reedbeds and vast coastal meadows. The main economic activities are intensive fishing, and grazing.
The coastal meadows and lakes comprise an important staging site for migrating Branta leucopsis, and support a good diversity of breeding waterbirds.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kõrgessaare-Mudaste coast. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/01/2021.