A group of adjacent shallow lakes in the central part of north Pohjanmaa district. The lakes are nutrient-rich, partly resulting from nutrient input from melting snow and rivers. Equisetum and Phragmites dominate the vegetation, whilst the lakes are bordered by open mires, Betula and Pinus sylvestris fens, and mixed forests.
An important staging area for waterbirds, especially for Cygnus cygnus and also Tringa glareola (2,500 birds, spring) and Larus minutus (500-800 birds, spring).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Fishing causes some disturbance in spring, and hunting is heavy in autumn when as many as 500-700 hunters gather each day in the area. Overgrowth of the wetland is a threat. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National None International Partial1,574 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Haapaveden lintuvedet ja suot).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haapavesi wetlands. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 18/01/2020.