Kahtla-Kübassaare coast

Country/territory: Estonia

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3 (2000)
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Area: 11,290 ha

Protection status:

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description
A complex of shallow (<3 m) bays on the south-eastern coast of Saaremaa island, with small islets, vast reedbeds, coastal meadows and saltmarshes. The main economic activities are fishing, grazing of cattle and sheep, and forestry.

Key biodiversity
A diverse selection of migratory waterbirds use the site for staging and/or breeding, with several species occurring in important numbers. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on a regular basis. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Larus canus (min. 400 pairs), Sterna caspia (5 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kahtla-Kübassaare coast. Downloaded from on 21/01/2021.