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Kristiinankaupunki southern archipelago
Finland, Länsi-Suomen lääni
21o 16.00' East 62o 4.00' North
B1i, B2, C3, C6
Year of IBA assessment
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).
Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores
Extent (% of site)
Protection statusNational 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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BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kristiinankaupunki southern archipelago. Downloaded from
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