IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, C2, C6 (2003)
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Area: 2,687 ha
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.
The most important staging area for migrating Branta leucopsis in Estonia.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karala-Pilguse. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/03/2023.