Lõu bay

Country/territory: Estonia

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, C2, C3, C6 (2003)
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Area: 4,797 ha

Protection status:

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description
A shallow (<8 m) bay with small islets, vast coastal meadows and saltmarshes on the south-western coast of Saaremaa island. The main economic activities are fishing, and grazing of sheep and cattle.

Key biodiversity
Lõu bay is an important staging area for geese and a notable breeding area for several waterbirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lõu bay. Downloaded from on 19/04/2021.