|Location||Finland, Etelä-Suomen lääni|
|Central coordinates||26o 5.00' East 60o 46.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B1i, C2|
|Altitude||40 - 60m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information One of the most important staging areas for Cygnus cygnus in continental Finland. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (max. 4 pairs breeding, 11 birds on passage).
Site description A complex of habitats, comprising several eutrophic lakes and other wetlands, shore meadows, and flooded fields, around the settlement of Artjärvi. The lakes are shallow and abundant in vegetation and are surrounded mostly by farmland and settlements. The IBA encompasses a large area of cultivated fields which are ornithologically important when flooded in spring.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||passage||1996||150-300 individuals||medium||B1i, C2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Grassland||Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland||-|
|Wetlands (inland)||Raised bogs; Standing freshwater||-|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Human impact is high throughout almost the entire area, which causes some disturbance to the avifauna. However, several activities, such as cattle-grazing and the cultivation of flooded fields, are beneficial to breeding and staging birds. The overgrowth of wetlands in some parts of the site, as a result of insufficient land management, is a threat.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Artjärvi wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/05/2013
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