Outokumpu wetlands

Country/territory: Finland

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 1,150 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2010 very unfavourable very high medium
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Site description (2000 baseline)
A complex of shallow, nutrient-rich wetlands south of the town of Outokumpu, surrounded mainly by farmland, but also by young deciduous forests which regularly flood. Areas of formerly quite extensive open, muddy marshes are now overgrown by sedge, grasses and Salix bushes. In shallow water, large beds of reed Phragmites are abundant.

Key biodiversity
Nationally important for breeding Botaurus stellaris (7-9 males), Circus aeruginosus (5-6 pairs). In 1984, the first evidence of breeding Tringa stagnatilis in western Europe was found in the area; it has since bred twice.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Outokumpu wetlands. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.