Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A large wilderness of old-growth boreal forest and bog on the boundary of the North Savo and Kainuu provinces. A substantial amount of the forest is very old and in a natural state, and includes a considerable number of both standing and fallen dead trees. Some of the younger forests were formerly under management. Small raised bogs with scattered trees (mostly Pinus sylvestris) lie between the larger areas of forests. Streams and ponds traverse the area.

Key biodiversity
Breeding birds include 10 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No habitat-changes are anticipated, since a decision has been made by conservation authorities to fully protect the area. The only threat to the avifauna is occasional hunting in autumn. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National Low International Partial160 ha of IBA covered by Protected Area on Private Land (Talasjärvi, 160 ha). 3,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Talaskangas, 3,500 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Talaskangas. Downloaded from on 17/06/2021.