Päätyeenlahti is a long and shallow bay on Kiteenjärvi lake, with Equisetum and Phragmites beds and abundant floating vegetation, which covers the bay in August. The shores of the bay are mainly bordered by open, semi-natural and agricultural habitats with settlements and two roads. There are also smaller areas of Salix bushes and stands of mixed forest.
An important breeding area for wetland birds, including one of the largest colonies of Larus minutus in Finland.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area has suffered to some extent from fishing and recreational boating, and hunting pressure (`Disturbance to birds' threat) is heavy in autumn. Other threats are the overgrowth of the wetland with vegetation and the impact of sewage effluents discharged into the area. There are two birdwatching towers in the area.
National Partial International Partial92 ha of IBA covered by Protected Area on Private Land (Päätyenlahti, 92 ha). 364 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Päätyeenlahti).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Päätyeenlahti bay. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 16/12/2019.