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
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC passage 2000 1,500 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC passage 1990-2000 300-5,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC passage 1995-2000 2,000-10,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC passage 2001 20,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Smew Mergellus albellus LC passage 2001-2003 650 individuals B1i, C2
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC passage 2001-2003 500 individuals B1i, C3
Common Teal Anas crecca LC passage 1999-2003 4,000-4,240 individuals B1i, C3
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 2002 75-80 breeding pairs C6
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 2002 138-140 breeding pairs A1, C1
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2002 1,000 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC passage 2001-2002 1,000-4,700 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum LC breeding 2003 3-7 breeding pairs C6
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC breeding 2003 3 breeding pairs C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 2002 30-40 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii, C4

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)
Rannametsa-Soometsa Landscape Reserve 8,085 protected area overlaps with site 2,000
Pärnu lahe Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 10,176 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Luitemaa looduskaitseala Nature Reserve 11,301 protected area overlaps with site 2,000
Luitemaa hoiuala Limited Management Zone 1,702 protected area contained by site 1,702
Luitemaa Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 12,945 protected area overlaps with site 12,660
Luitemaa Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 16,305 protected area overlaps with site 12,660
Luitemaa Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 114,735 protected area overlaps with site 4,647
Luitemaa Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 12,240 protected area contained by site 12,240


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation, Raised bogs, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Sea -
Forest Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland, Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Luitemaa. Downloaded from on 22/01/2020.