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Location Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 27o 10.00' East  64o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 5,826 ha
Altitude 120 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A large wilderness of old-growth boreal forest and bog on the boundary of the North Savo and Kainuu provinces. A substantial amount of the forest is very old and in a natural state, and includes a considerable number of both standing and fallen dead trees. Some of the younger forests were formerly under management. Small raised bogs with scattered trees (mostly Pinus sylvestris) lie between the larger areas of forests. Streams and ponds traverse the area.

Key Biodiversity Breeding birds include 10 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia breeding  1996  22 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula breeding  1996  9 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus breeding  1996  13 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis breeding  1996  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla breeding  1996  750 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1996  14 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeding  1996  65 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 medium unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank 38 38 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 45 45 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Bombycilla garrulus Bohemian Waxwing 15 22 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Fringilla montifringilla Brambling 250 225 breeding pairs 90 near favourable
Emberiza rustica Rustic Bunting 150 60 breeding pairs 40 unfavourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Unknown  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Talasjärvien luonnonsuojelualue Private Nature Reserve 162 protected area contained by site 160  
Talaskankaan luonnonsuojelualue State Nature Reserve 3,608 protected area contained by site 3,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   40%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
not utilised 80%

Protection status National Low International Partial160 ha of IBA covered by Protected Area on Private Land (Talasjärvi, 160 ha). 3,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Talaskangas, 3,500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Talaskangas. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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