Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
30o 38.00' East 62o 12.00' North
A1, B2, C1, C6
Year of IBA assessment
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).