IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B1iv, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 (2000)
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Area: 223,652 ha
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A large archipelago encompassing many hundreds (perhaps thousands) of islands at the boundary of the Bothnian Sea and the Bay of Bothnia. The smaller islands are treeless and rocky, the middle-sized ones hold deciduous trees, whilst the largest support mixed and coniferous forests, numerous fladas, lagoons, island lakes, and pools. The site includes extensive areas of open water, which are mainly shallow, stony and biologically productive. Fishing is extensive in many parts of the area and recreational developments are increasing.
Probably the most important area for island-breeding birds in Finland. The area supports the largest staging populations of many species in the country. An important bottleneck site for migrating Buteo lagopus (1,000-5,000 birds per season).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Merenkurkku archipelago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/02/2020.