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Location Finland, Länsi-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 22o 38.00' East  63o 47.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 17,240 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A large archipelago in the north-east Gulf of Bothnia supporting sandy beaches, herb-rich meadows, forested islands and less sheltered rocky islands. There are several summer cottages in the area.

Key Biodiversity An important area for island-breeding birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1996  11-50 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low not assessed low
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Luodon saaristo 1 (Storgrundet, Kvistas) Private Nature Reserve 14 unknown 0  
Luodon saaristo 12 (Tolvmangrundet, Vestergård) Private Nature Reserve 13 unknown 0  
Luodon saaristo 17 Private Nature Reserve 3 unknown 0  
Luodon saaristo 3b (Larsmo smf) Private Nature Reserve 1,441 unknown 0  
Luodon saaristo 6 (Tolvmangrundet, Gäddvik) Private Nature Reserve 7 unknown 0  
Luodon saaristo 7 (Dömmasskäret, Krokas) Private Nature Reserve 6 unknown 0  
Luodon saaristo 8 (Tolvmangrundet, Gäddnäs) Private Nature Reserve 21 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  85%
Unknown   15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Low International High860 ha of IBA covered by Private Protection Area (örarn, 807 ha; Eura, 3 ha; Tolumansgrundet, 13 ha; Gäddvik, 6 ha; Flaskskär, 21 ha; Storgrundet, 14 ha; Krokas, 6 ha). 17,310 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Luodon saaristo).

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

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