IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus LC breeding 1996 5-10 breeding pairs A3
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia LC breeding 1996 4-5 breeding pairs A3
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula LC breeding 1996 6-10 breeding pairs A3
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus LC resident 1996 20-50 breeding pairs A3
Siberian Tit Poecile cinctus LC resident 1996 20-50 breeding pairs A3
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis LC breeding 1996 present A3
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus LC breeding 1996 1-11 breeding pairs A3
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla LC breeding 1996 500-1,000 breeding pairs A3
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus LC breeding 1996 1-11 breeding pairs A3
Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera LC breeding 1996 50-100 breeding pairs A3
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica VU breeding 1996 100-200 breeding pairs A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low very unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Lymnocryptes minimus Jack Snipe 15 10 breeding pairs 67 unfavourable
Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank 15 15 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Surnia ulula Northern Hawk-owl 15 15 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 110 110 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Poecile cinctus Siberian Tit 80 30 breeding pairs 38 very unfavourable
Bombycilla garrulus Bohemian Waxwing 30 40 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Fringilla montifringilla Brambling 1100 1100 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Loxia pytyopsittacus Parrot Crossbill 50 42 breeding pairs 84 near favourable
Emberiza rustica Rustic Bunting 190 85 breeding pairs 45 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Pyhätunturi Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4,338 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Pyhä-Luoston kansallispuisto Kansallispuisto 14,402 protected area overlaps with site 0
Pyhä-Luosto Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 14,325 protected area overlaps with site 7,989
Luosto Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 8,090 protected area overlaps with site 7,989


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Luosto. Downloaded from on 09/12/2022.