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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.

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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Värtsilän laakso (SPA) - FI0700025 Birds Directive 522 protected area overlaps with site 465  
Värtsilän laakson luontokokonaisuus - FI0700004 Habitats Directive 212 protected area overlaps with site 183  


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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Värtsilä valley. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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