Oura and Enskeri archipelagos

Country/territory: Finland

IBA criteria met: B2, B3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 9,716 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2010 favourable low negligible
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Site description (2000 baseline)
A large archipelago offshore of Merikarvia. The landscape is dominated by large areas of open sea with several groups of numerous scattered islands. The most important part of this site is the large archipelago of Oura, practically unpopulated by man, and encompassing numerous larger, mainly forested islands, and hundreds of small islets and rocks. Iso-Enskeri and Vähä-Enskeri islands hold a remarkable number of Pinus trees in excess of 200 years old.

Key biodiversity
The area holds one of the largest populations of Larus fuscus fuscus in Finland. Important populations of several other island-breeding species also occur.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Oura and Enskeri archipelagos. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.