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Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
31o 25.00' East 62o 55.00' North
B2, B3, C6
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A large complex of raised bogs and boreal forests along the Koitajoki river in easternmost Finland. Raised bogs divided by numerous rivers dominate the peatland, with smaller areas of aapa mire, bordered with patches of both natural and previously managed swamp- forests.
Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for boreal birds. One of the most significant southernmost breeding areas for Perisoreus infaustus (20 pairs) in Finland.
Protection statusNational Partial International High2,100 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Koivusuo, 2,100 ha). 1,774 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Ruosmesuo-Hanhisuo, 1,774 ha). 9,394 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Northern Karelian, 350,000 ha).
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BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Koitajoki area. Downloaded from
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