Country/territory: Estonia

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3, C6 (2003)
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Area: 953 ha

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description (2000 baseline)
A wetland complex on the flood-plain of the Emajõgi river near the town of Tartu in eastern Estonia, with meadows, lakes, rivers, reedbeds, scrub and reseeded grasslands (polders). The main land-uses are haymaking, sand-mining and recreation.

Key biodiversity
The area is an important breeding site for several waterbird species of flood-plain wetlands. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (3-5 pairs), Gallinago media (5-10 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Larus minutus (min. 50 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ropka-Ihaste. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.