Hiiumaa Islets and Käina Bay

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Hiiumaa Islets and Käina Bay

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  • Area: 
    17,700 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    58°48'N 22°57'E
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Hiiumaa Islets and Käina Bay. 17/06/97; Hiiu Country, Hiiumaa Island; 17,700 ha; 58°48'N 022°58'E. Landscape Reserve, Ornithological Reserve, Biosphere Reserve, IBA. Shallow watershelf sea with small islets, mudflats and bays. Vegetation includes coastal meadow, saltmarshes, reedbeds, juniper and Alnus glutinosa and Pinus sylvestris coppices. The site supports endangered orchid-rich communities and a unique and endangered broad-leaved forest (Quercus-Tilia-Acer community) and is an important spawning area for several fish species. Numerous species of waterbirds breed, and internationally important numbers of migrating birds stop over at the site. Human activities include tourism, environmental education, agriculture, fishing, and extensive cattle grazing. Ramsar site no. 908. Most recent RIS information: 1997.

Administrative region: 
Hiiu County, Hiiumaa Island

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • Landscape Reserve - Hiiumaa Islets
    • Ornithological Reserve - Ornithological Reserve of Käina Bay
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)