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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.

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 


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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alajoki. Downloaded from on 27/08/2014

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