FI081
Hanko western archipelago


Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4 (2000)
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Area: 11,151 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 medium unfavourable low
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Site description
A diverse site situated in the south-west corner of the Hanko peninsula, comprising cliff-lined shores, sand-dunes, wet meadows and an archipelago of mostly small rocky islands. The IBA falls within Salpausselkä, a glacial ridge formation of southern Finland extending several hundred kilometres in length.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important staging areas for waterbirds in the country, with total numbers exceeding 20,000 individuals. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Polysticta stelleri (27 birds on passage, irregular and for short periods, 5 individuals in winter), Haliaeetus albicilla (4 individuals in winter, 5 on passage), Gallinago media (2 individuals, passage).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hanko western archipelago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/09/2019.