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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.

Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for boreal birds.

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 

IBA Monitoring

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

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Grus grus Common Crane 25 15 breeding pairs 60 not assessed
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel 90 90 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Loxia pytyopsittacus Parrot Crossbill 100 100 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Patvinsuo National Park. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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