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Hanko western archipelago
Finland, Etelä-Suomen lääni
22o 54.00' East 59o 49.00' North
A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A diverse site situated in the south-west corner of the Hanko peninsula, comprising cliff-lined shores, sand-dunes, wet meadows and an archipelago of mostly small rocky islands. The IBA falls within Salpausselkä, a glacial ridge formation of southern Finland extending several hundred kilometres in length.
Key Biodiversity One of the most important staging areas for waterbirds in the country, with total numbers exceeding 20,000 individuals. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Polysticta stelleri (27 birds on passage, irregular and for short periods, 5 individuals in winter), Haliaeetus albicilla (4 individuals in winter, 5 on passage), Gallinago media (2 individuals, passage).
Protection statusNational Partial International Partial2,338 ha of IBA covered by Protected Area on Private Land (Tulliniemi, 2,347 ha). 29 ha of IBA covered by Specific Protection Area (Uddskatan, 29 ha). 5,294 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Tulliniemen linnustonsuojelualue).
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BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hanko western archipelago. Downloaded from
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