IBA criteria met: B2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 14,665 ha
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Site description (baseline)
A very large complex of lakes on the border of North Carelia and North Savo districts. The site includes extensive areas of open water, small islands with primary forests, undisturbed bays, and cliffs. The lakes are poor in nutrients (oligotrophic), clear-watered with sparse vegetation, and are mostly bordered by forest. Human activities are common all over the lakes, since outside the site boundaries are large areas of summer-only and all-year-round habitation.
The site holds the most significant Gavia arctica population in Finland. It is also a nationally important breeding area for Falco subbuteo (15-25 pairs) and Larus fuscus fuscus (55-80 pairs).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Outokumpu and Kaavi oligotrophic lakes. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/1327 on 06/06/2023.