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Location Finland, Ahvenanmaan maakunta
Central coordinates 19o 58.87' East  59o 52.23' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B1ii, C1, C3
Area 13,195 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An offshore archipelago south of åland, comprising two large islands (Lågskär and Nyhamn), and numerous much smaller, rocky islets. Between the two main islands is a large area of open water which is excluded from the IBA.

Key Biodiversity The area is the only major wintering ground for Polysticta stelleri in Finland. Good numbers of Larus fuscus fuscus, Alca torda and Cepphus grylle also breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri winter  1996  100-400 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C3  Vulnerable 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, C3  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2010 high unfavourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Polysticta stelleri Steller's Eider 200 10 individuals 5 not assessed
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull 50 25 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable
Alca torda Razorbill 300 400 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Björkör and Lågskär Archipelago Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,309 protected area contains site 2,859  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status National None International Partial1,737 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Björkör and Lågskär, 5,760 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lågskär-Nyhamn. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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