Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: B3 (2000)
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Area: 24,006 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low favourable low
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Site description
An extensive, open and barren lakeland area forming part of the very large inland waterway of Saimaa lake. The site mainly comprises open water with small scattered islands, although a few are larger and forested. These forests hold an unusually high proportion of deciduous (mainly Betula) trees, as a result of slash-and-burn agriculture which was common in the area until the beginning of this century. The lake is nutrient-poor (oligotrophic) and the shores support only a few beds of sparse reed Phragmites.

Key biodiversity
Also a nationally important breeding area for Gavia arctica (10-50 pairs) and Larus fuscus fuscus (10-50 pairs). The forests hold breeding populations of the nationally scarce Dendrocopos leucotos. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1-5 individuals, passage).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Linnansaari. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.