Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A small complex of wetland, open mire and riparian vegetation on the lower course of the Pielisjoki river. The area is bordered by an extensive region of ridges with Pinus sylvestris heath, and by the Pielisjoki river. Ornithologically, the most important part is the outer zone where peatlands and wetlands meet, with an abundance of small pools, muddy patches and beds of reed Phragmites.

Key biodiversity
The area holds both wetland and peatland avifauna, including Circus aeruginosus (1 pair), Circus cyaneus (1-5 pairs), Grus grus (3 pairs), Lymnocryptes minimus (5-10 pairs) and Larus minutus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1-5 individuals, passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is relatively undisturbed, except in autumn when hunting scares birds from the area. A birdwatching tower on the southern edge offers spectacular views across the area.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pitkäranta. Downloaded from on 26/05/2022.