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Location Finland, Länsi-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 21o 16.00' East  62o 4.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C3, C6
Area 7,435 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A large archipelago in the south-east of the Gulf of Bothnia. Most of the islands are small, treeless and rocky, whilst the larger ones support forest, treeless heaths, meadows and sand-dunes. Large heaps of wrack Fucus vesiculosus line the shores, attracting many birds. There are a few fishermen's cottages in the area.

Key Biodiversity An important area for island-breeding birds and a staging area for waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Polysticta stelleri (1-10 birds, passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (max. 5 birds, passage and wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1995  200 individuals  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Mew Gull Larus canus breeding  1995  498 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  1995  70 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia breeding  1995  7 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Larus canus Mew Gull 500 630 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull 70 10 breeding pairs 15 very unfavourable
Hydroprogne caspia Caspian Tern 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Domarkobban 5 (Mittikobbon och Domarkobbon) Private Nature Reserve 8 unknown 0  
Kristiinankaupungin luodot 1 Private Nature Reserve 203 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  80%
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 95%
unknown 5%

Protection status National Low International Partial151 ha of IBA covered by Private Protection Areas (Kristiinan-kaupungin luodot, 166 ha; Domarkobban, 21 ha). 5,925 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Kristiinankaupungin saaristo).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kristiinankaupunki southern archipelago. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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