Riksu coast

Country/territory: Estonia

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, C2 (2003)
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Area: 1,686 ha

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

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

Key biodiversity
Riksu coast is an important staging area for migrating Branta leucopsis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Riksu coast. Downloaded from on 03/06/2023.