An extensive area of raised bog along the Luiro river. The area belongs to the aapa mire zone of Peräpohjola and comprises many types of mires. Characteristic are large areas of open-water bogs with high ridges between them. The forests are mainly poor, Pinus sylvestris-dominated heath-forests, but flood forests and Betula forests also occur along rivers.
An important area for boreal avifauna, especially for waders.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International High4,186 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Lämsänaapa-Sakkala-aapa, 4,186 ha). 4,110 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lämsänaapa-Sakkala-aapa).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lämsänaapa-Sakkala-aapa. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 03/04/2020.