Käsivarsi fjelds

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
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU breeding 1996 1 breeding pairs A3
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis VU breeding 1996 100 breeding pairs A3
Smew Mergellus albellus LC breeding 1996 5-20 breeding pairs B2, C2
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra LC breeding 1996 50 breeding pairs A3
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC breeding 1996 30-50 breeding pairs A3
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata LC breeding 1996 10-50 breeding pairs B2, C2, C6
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC breeding 1996 300-1,000 breeding pairs B3, C6
Eurasian Dotterel Eudromias morinellus LC breeding 1996 100-300 breeding pairs C2
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica NT breeding 1996 1-5 breeding pairs A3
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii LC breeding 1996 50-100 breeding pairs A3
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC breeding 1996 10 breeding pairs A3
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus LC breeding 1996 200-500 breeding pairs A3, C2
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus LC breeding 1996 5-10 breeding pairs A3
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC breeding 1996 50-200 breeding pairs B2
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus LC breeding 1996 20-200 breeding pairs A3
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC breeding 1996 50-200 breeding pairs B2, C2, C6
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus VU breeding 1996 10 breeding pairs A3, B2, C6
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus LC resident 1996 present A3
Bluethroat Cyanecula svecica LC breeding 1996 20,000 breeding pairs C2
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus LC breeding 1996 50-100 breeding pairs A3
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis LC breeding 1996 30,000 breeding pairs B3
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus LC breeding 1996 500-2,000 breeding pairs A3
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis LC breeding 1996 3,000-8,000 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 high very unfavourable low
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
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - named species happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Anser erythropus Lesser White-fronted Goose 40 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Clangula hyemalis Long-tailed Duck 250 250 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aythya marila Greater Scaup 120 120 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 7500 7800 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Eudromias morinellus Eurasian Dotterel 1400 1400 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit 45 45 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Calidris temminckii Temminck's Stint 800 800 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Tringa erythropus Spotted Redshank 200 200 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Stercorarius longicaudus Long-tailed Jaeger 1100 1100 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl 10 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Cyanecula svecica Bluethroat 15000 4500 breeding pairs 30 very unfavourable
Anthus pratensis Meadow Pipit 30000 27000 breeding pairs 90 near favourable
Calcarius lapponicus Lapland Longspur 20000 30000 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Plectrophenax nivalis Snow Bunting 1700 1700 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Tornionjoen-Muonionjoen vesistöalue Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 32,000 protected area overlaps with site 24,541
Käsivarren Erämaa Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 264,892 protected area overlaps with site 193,746
Käsivarren erämaa Erämaa-alue 220,001 protected area overlaps with site 173,264
Käsivarren Erämaa Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 264,892 protected area overlaps with site 0
Annjalonin luonnonsuojelualue Valtion luonnonsuojelualue 90 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs -
Unknown -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
other -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Käsivarsi fjelds. Downloaded from on 25/01/2022.