A large complex of peatlands and wetlands along the Lätäseno and Jietajoki rivers. The area supports well-developed mires characteristic of the palsa mire region of northernmost Lapland. Numerous lakes, ponds, rivers and streams pass through the peatlands, and there are some forests restricted to mineral soils. Since the area is protected, human impact is slight, with some hunting in autumn, and an illegal spring hunting `season'.
An important breeding area for Arctic species, especially waders, e.g. Limicola falcinellus, Calidris alpina (100-300 pairs), Tringa glareola, T. erythropus (50-150 pairs) and Phalaropus lobatus.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National High International High43,367 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Lätäseno-Hietajoki, 43,367 ha). 43,258 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Käsivarren erämaa).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lätäseno and Jietajoki mires. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 16/01/2022.