IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 1,150 ha
|IBA conservation status|
|Year of assessment (most recent)||Threat (pressure)||Condition (state)||Action (response)|
|2010||very high||very unfavourable||medium|
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Site description (baseline)
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.
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.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Outokumpu wetlands. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/1328 on 29/05/2023.