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Location Finland, Länsi-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 21o 28.00' East  62o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 200 ha
Altitude 5 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A small area of farmland close to the Gulf of Bothnia. This open landscape is dominated by potato fields which are essential for staging geese. In years when spring flooding is heavy the area also attracts other staging waterbirds.

Key Biodiversity One of the best staging areas for Anser fabalis fabalis in Finland. Breeding birds are relatively scarce due to intensive farming practices. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (max. 1 bird, passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (1-5 birds, passage).

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 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1996  300-500 individuals  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 high very unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Anser fabalis Bean Goose 3000 600 individuals 20 very unfavourable
Anser anser Greylag Goose 300 100 individuals 34 very unfavourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lålby fields. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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