Country/territory: Estonia

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, C2, C6 (2003)
For more information about IBA criteria please click here

Area: 2,687 ha

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description
A complex of shallow (<4 m) sea bays and small islets on the west coast of Saaremaa island, with vast coastal meadows, reedbeds, saltmarshes and shallow lakes. The main economic activities are fishing, and grazing of sheep and cattle.

Key biodiversity
The most important staging area for migrating Branta leucopsis in Estonia.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karala-Pilguse. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023.