Siiksaare-Oessaare bays

Country/territory: Estonia

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6 (2003)
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Area: 3,902 ha

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description (2000 baseline)
A complex of shallow (<2 m) bays and relict lakes on the southern coast of Saaremaa island, with small islets, vast reedbeds, coastal meadows and saltmarshes. The main economic activities are fishing, sheep-grazing and forestry.

Key biodiversity
A diverse selection of migratory waterbirds use the site for staging and/or breeding, with important numbers of several species. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Grus grus (10 pairs), Larus canus (min. 400 pairs), Larus marinus (20 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Siiksaare-Oessaare bays. Downloaded from on 21/09/2023.