Kristiinankaupunki southern archipelago

Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 7,435 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 high very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
A large archipelago in the south-east of the Gulf of Bothnia. Most of the islands are small, treeless and rocky, whilst the larger ones support forest, treeless heaths, meadows and sand-dunes. Large heaps of wrack Fucus vesiculosus line the shores, attracting many birds. There are a few fishermen's cottages in the area.

Key biodiversity
An important area for island-breeding birds and a staging area for waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Polysticta stelleri (1-10 birds, passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (max. 5 birds, passage and wintering).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kristiinankaupunki southern archipelago. Downloaded from on 29/01/2023.