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Irbe strait


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2003

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC passage 1997-1998 200-300 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC passage 1999-2001 3,900-6,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC non-breeding 2002 270 individuals B1i, C3
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis VU winter 1993 30,000-700,000 individuals C3
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT non-breeding 2000 15,000 individuals B1i, C3
Melanitta fusca NR winter 1993 191,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC passage 1991-2001 4,500-19,500 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Smew Mergellus albellus LC winter 1994-2000 360 individuals B1i, C2
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC passage 1986 20,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC passage 2000-2001 400-1,300 individuals B1i, C3
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata LC passage 1998 1,300 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC passage 2000-2003 3,300-5,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2002 2,500 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, C3
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 2001 17 breeding pairs C6
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC breeding 2002 50 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, C2, C6
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC winter 1993 3,900 individuals B1ii, C3
Razorbill Alca torda NT winter 1993 300 individuals B1ii, C3
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC breeding 2003 6 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1993 500,000-999,999 individuals A4iii, C4
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii, C4
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1998-2001 8,890-22,100 individuals B1iv, C5

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
West Estonian Archipelago UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,560,000 protected area overlaps with site 195,400
Viieristi looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 380 protected area contained by site 378
Viieristi Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 378 protected area contained by site 378
Vesitükimaa laiud Nature Reserve 161 protected area contained by site 161
Vesitükimaa hoiuala Limited Management Zone 215 protected area contained by site 215
Vesitükimaa Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,261 protected area contained by site 1,261
Torgu püsielupaik Species Protection Site 9 protected area contained by site 9
Tammuna püsielupaik Species Protection Site 39 protected area contained by site 39
Tammuna Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 56 protected area contained by site 56
Stebeli püsielupaik Species Protection Site 17 protected area contained by site 17
Siplase looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 207 protected area contained by site 206
Siplase Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 206 protected area contained by site 206
Ranna hoiuala Limited Management Zone 23 protected area contained by site 23
Ranna Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 23 protected area contained by site 23
Rahuste looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 692 protected area overlaps with site 24
Ohessaare maastikukaitseala Landscape Protection Area 6 protected area contained by site 6
Ohessaare Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 20 protected area contained by site 20
Mõntu park Landscape Protection Area 9 protected area contained by site 9
Lindmetsa maastikukaitseala Landscape Protection Area 51 protected area contained by site 51
Lindmetsa hoiuala Limited Management Zone 34 protected area contained by site 34
Lindmetsa Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 85 protected area contained by site 85
Laidunina hoiuala Limited Management Zone 84 protected area overlaps with site 78
Laidunina Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 91 protected area overlaps with site 78
Kura kurgu hoiuala Limited Management Zone 188,815 protected area overlaps with site 186,400
Kura kurgu Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,939 protected area contained by site 192,970
Kerju püsielupaik Species Protection Site 79 protected area contained by site 79
Kerju Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 79 protected area contained by site 79
Kaunispe hoiuala Limited Management Zone 126 protected area contained by site 126
Kaunispe Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 126 protected area contained by site 126
Kaugatoma-Lõu hoiuala Limited Management Zone 4,155 protected area overlaps with site 115
Kaugatoma-Lõu Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 5,375 protected area overlaps with site 595
Kaugatoma-Lõu Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,359 protected area overlaps with site 595
Kaugatoma-Lõo maastikukaitseala Landscape Protection Area 500 protected area contained by site 500
Järve Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 118 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Jaandi hoiuala Limited Management Zone 14 protected area contained by site 14
Irbe strait Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 198,817 protected area overlaps with site 190,539
Allirahu looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 1,970 protected area contained by site 1,960
Allirahu Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,960 protected area overlaps with site 1,383
Abruka looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 414 protected area contained by site 412
Abruka hoiuala Limited Management Zone 551 protected area contained by site 551
Abruka Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 963 protected area contained by site 963

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea -
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland, Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland -
Artificial - terrestrial -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Irbe strait. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/11/2019.