IBA criteria met: B1i, B3, C3 (2000)
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Area: 1,274 ha
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Site description (baseline)
The site includes two shallow, sea bays, dominated by reed Phragmites, and a largish area of adjacent farmland, situated close to Helsinki. The farmland of Viikki is separated from Vanhankaupunginlahti by a narrow zone of young, wet, deciduous forest and by some older mixed forest.
An important breeding and staging area for wetland birds. The site also supports one of the largest national populations of a breeding bird new to Finland, Panurus biarmicus (65 pairs).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Laajalahti bay, Vanhankaupunginlahti bay and Viikki. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/1302 on 05/06/2023.