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Location Finland, Länsi-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 22o 55.00' East  63o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 438 ha
Altitude 27 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Open agricultural fields at the junction of the Lapua and Kauhava rivers. Spring cereals, turnip, rape and potato are the most common crops.

Key Biodiversity Probably the second-best staging area for Anser fabalis fabalis in Finland. The ornithological importance of the area is mainly restricted to periods of spring flooding. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (max. 2 birds, passage), Crex crex (max. 5 pairs, breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1996  3,000-5,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 not assessed unfavourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Anser fabalis Bean Goose 3000 1500 individuals 50 unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  5%
Artificial - terrestrial   95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 98%
urban/industrial/transport 2%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alajoki. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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