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Location Finland, Länsi-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 21o 22.00' East  62o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3
Area 1,093 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A complex of shallow and nutrient-rich coastal wetlands surrounding the Lapväärti river delta, including Härkmerifjärden, a shallow, nutrient-rich lake, covered by large beds of reed Phragmites and bulrush Scirpus. Human activities include fishing and boating.

Key Biodiversity An important staging area for waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (max. 1 bird, passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (max. 2 birds, passage), Crex crex (max. 2 pairs, breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1995  1,000-3,000 individuals  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  1995  80 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lapväärtin kosteikot - FI0800112 Birds Directive 1,224 protected area overlaps with site 606  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Coastline Lagoons  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 60%
unknown 40%

Protection status National None International Partial669 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lapväärtin kosteikot).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lapväärti wetlands. Downloaded from on 04/03/2015

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