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Location Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 29o 10.00' East  62o 41.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,150 ha
Altitude 90 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A complex of shallow, nutrient-rich wetlands south of the town of Outokumpu, surrounded mainly by farmland, but also by young deciduous forests which regularly flood. Areas of formerly quite extensive open, muddy marshes are now overgrown by sedge, grasses and Salix bushes. In shallow water, large beds of reed Phragmites are abundant.

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 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1996  15-30 breeding pairs  medium  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  1996  501-1,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sysmäjärvi - FI0700001 Birds Directive 734 protected area contained by site 734  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  80%
Unknown   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 100%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 10%

Protection status National None International Partial767 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sysmäjärvi).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Outokumpu wetlands. Downloaded from on 01/10/2014

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