FI052
Outokumpu wetlands


Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 1,150 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 very high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
A complex of shallow, nutrient-rich wetlands south of the town of Outokumpu, surrounded mainly by farmland, but also by young deciduous forests which regularly flood. Areas of formerly quite extensive open, muddy marshes are now overgrown by sedge, grasses and Salix bushes. In shallow water, large beds of reed Phragmites are abundant.

Key biodiversity
Nationally important for breeding Botaurus stellaris (7-9 males), Circus aeruginosus (5-6 pairs). In 1984, the first evidence of breeding Tringa stagnatilis in western Europe was found in the area; it has since bred twice.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Outokumpu wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2019.