Gulf of Riga, east coast

Country/territory: Latvia

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i (2000)
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Area: 89,000 ha

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description
A stretch of coastal waters in the Gulf of Riga, from the Estonian border to the mouth of the Gauja river, extending offshore up to 30 m depth. Bottom sediments are sand-dominated and inhabited by shellfish, especially bivalves Macoma. Beyond the IBA in deeper areas (>40 m), substrates are also sandy but mixed with more gravel and mud.

Key biodiversity
The site supports important concentrations of wintering Gavia arctica and moulting Bucephala clangula.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gulf of Riga, east coast. Downloaded from on 03/12/2021.