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Location Finland, Etelä-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 27o 43.00' East  60o 31.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2
Area 196 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A small, shallow bay on the western edge of Virolahti Bay in the Gulf of Finland. Large parts of the area have silted up due to heavy nutrient input from drainage and sewage disposal. Reedbeds (Phragmites) dominate the vegetation on the bay, and the shores are bordered both by large marshes of sedges and grasses, and by belts of bushes and deciduous forests.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1996  101-500 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1996  51-100 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia passage  1996  11-50 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kirkon-Vilkkiläntura - FI0426001 Birds Directive 194 protected area overlaps with site 155  
Vilkkilä - FI0426004 Habitats Directive 22 protected area overlaps with site 20  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Lagoons  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
hunting 100%
Notes: Allowed over all area, but probably minor importance on dry land (->70%). Disturbance by hunting applies to whole area (in autumns).

Protection status National None International High195 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Kirkon-Vilkkiläntura).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kirkon-Vilkkiläntura Bay. Downloaded from on 30/09/2014

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