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Location Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 30o 38.00' East  62o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 745 ha
Altitude 70 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A diverse, fertile, open valley surrounded by large areas of woodland situated around the settlement of Värtsilä. The area includes two small, shallow, eutrophic lakes, Sääperi and Uudenkylänlampi, surrounded by farmland, mostly cereals, and also by wild meadows. The Jänisjoki river flows across the area, into Lake Ladoga in Russia.

Key Biodiversity One of the few known regular breeding sites in Finland for Emberiza aureola (3-7 pairs). Tringa stagnatilis has bred twice during the 1985-1995 period. Also a nationally important spring staging area for Anser fabalis (400-600 birds), Tringa erythropus (100-500 birds), T. nebularia (100-500 birds) and Calcarius lapponicus (1,000-5,000 birds). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Circus macrourus (max. 3 birds, passage), Aquila clanga (max. 1 bird, passage), Gallinago media (1-5 birds, passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  10-25 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  1991  40 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 high very unfavourable medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Crex crex Corncrake 20 20 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull 40 0 breeding pairs 0 very 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(50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  40%
Artificial - terrestrial   55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
hunting 40%
unknown 25%

Protection status National None International Partial498 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Värtsilän laakson luontokokonaisuus).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Värtsilä valley. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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