Luitemaa Nature Reserve - Võiste Coastal Meadows

Pärnumaa  >  Estonia

Near the village of Võiste the coastal meadows are wide, and sandbanks are plenty. The coastal meadows also hold a few lagoons.

Added* by Ludwig Gustafsson
Most recent update 28 August 2022


Luitemaa Nature Reserve is a wetland complex on the south-western coast of Estonia that consists of diverse coastal and inland habitats including shallow sea, capes and islands, coastal meadows and reed-beds. The coastal meadows near Võiste have shallow waters that attract large amounts of dabbling ducks (Gadwall, Mallard, Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal and so on), Common Shelduck and swans. The wide coastal meadows and lagoons are favored by geese. Most common are Greylag Goose and Barnacle Goose. Rarer gooses like Greater White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Canada Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Brent Goose, Tundra Bean Goose and Taiga Bean Goose are often found during migration.

The sandbanks and lagoons are great spots for wading birds. Most common breeding birds are Common Redshank, Common Ringed Plover, Eurasian Oystercatcher, European Golden Plover, Northern Lapwing, and Ruff. During migration Spotted Redshank, Avocet, Dunlin, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint, Red Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Eurasian Curlew and Whimbrel have been recorded.



The coastal meadows are close to the village of Võiste. From the village you can explore the area on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Wetland , Grassland , Plain , River , Lake , Sea , Dunes , Reedbeds , Mud flats , Beach , Agriculture , City/village



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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