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Location Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 30o 46.00' East  63o 8.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 10,023 ha
Altitude 120 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A large wilderness area just north of Koitere lake, with mires, more-or-less natural boreal forest and waterways. The mires lie at the junction of the raised bogs of inner Finland and the Pohjanmaa aapa mires. Tourism is evident, especially in summer, with several camping areas, a long network of tracks and board-walks, look-out towers and other facilities. A few roads traverse the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1996  11-50 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1996  51-100 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1996  11-50 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Patvinsuo - FI0700047 Habitats Directive 12,727 protected area contains site 10,023  
Patvinsuo National Park Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 12,727 protected area contained by site 9,683  
Patvinsuon kansallispuisto National Park 10,544 protected area contained by site 10,023  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  35%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
not utilised 90%

Protection status National High International High10,023 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Patvinsuo, 10,023 ha). 9,683 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Suomujärvi-Patvinsuo, 9,683 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Patvinsuo National Park. Downloaded from on 30/10/2014

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