Väike Väin strait

Country/territory: Estonia

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 18,480 ha

Protection status:

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description
A shallow (<6 m) sea strait between two large islands˜Saaremaa and Muhu˜in 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).

Key biodiversity
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Väike Väin strait. Downloaded from on 21/01/2021.