Country/territory: Finland

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, C3 (2000)
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Area: 438 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2010 not assessed unfavourable negligible
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Site description (baseline)
Open agricultural fields at the junction of the Lapua and Kauhava rivers. Spring cereals, turnip, rape and potato are the most common crops.

Key biodiversity
Probably the second-best staging area for Anser fabalis fabalis in Finland. The ornithological importance of the area is mainly restricted to periods of spring flooding. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (max. 2 birds, passage), Crex crex (max. 5 pairs, breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Alajoki. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.