A large area of outer archipelago to the south-east of åland. The archipelago is dominated by groups of small, treeless, steep islands separated from each other by extensive areas of open sea.
An important area for many island-breeding species, especially Alca torda but also Somateria mollissima (1,500 pairs) and Larus fuscus fuscus. It is one of the few wintering areas for waterbirds in Finland due to its location on the edge of the Baltic Sea, which normally remains ice-free. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Polysticta stelleri (1-10 birds, winter), Haliaeetus albicilla (5-10 birds, winter).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Föglö southern archipelago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/09/2019.