A shallow (<6 m) sea strait between two large islandsSaaremaa and Muhuin western Estonia. The coast is a complex of shallow (<2 m) bays, meadows and reedbeds. The main human activities are intensive fishing, yachting and tourism, and reed-cutting (`Other' land-use, below).
Väike Väin strait is a very important staging area for migrating wildfowl and an important breeding area for several waders and gull/tern species. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on a regular basis. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Tringa totanus (min. 200 pairs), Larus marinus (min. 40 pairs).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Väike Väin strait. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/07/2020.