Haapavesi wetlands

Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3 (2000)
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Area: 2,500 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 high very unfavourable low
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Site description
A group of adjacent shallow lakes in the central part of north Pohjanmaa district. The lakes are nutrient-rich, partly resulting from nutrient input from melting snow and rivers. Equisetum and Phragmites dominate the vegetation, whilst the lakes are bordered by open mires, Betula and Pinus sylvestris fens, and mixed forests.

Key biodiversity
An important staging area for waterbirds, especially for Cygnus cygnus and also Tringa glareola (2,500 birds, spring) and Larus minutus (500-800 birds, spring).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haapavesi wetlands. Downloaded from on 26/03/2023.