A large complex of raised bogs, fens, transition mires, forests, lakes and rivers in north-eastern Estonia. The main land-use is forestry.
An important breeding area for Tetrao tetrix which also supports a notably diverse assemblage of other breeding species of mire and forest. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (one pair), Crex crex (1-5 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Grus grus (10 pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are drainage, deforestation, intensification of forestry, and tourism. There are plans to mine oil-shale in the northern part of the IBA. The IBA is a potential Ramsar Site. An inventory of the avifauna was completed in 1996.
National Partial International None12,320 ha of IBA covered by Nature Protection Area (Puhatu, 12,320 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Puhatu mire. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 07/07/2022.