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Location Finland, Oulun lääni
Central coordinates 23o 10.00' East  63o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C3
Area 240 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A fertile coastal wetland close to the town of Kokkola. Due to continuous geological uplifting of the land, the site holds several habitats at various successional stages, including wet meadows with low vegetation, scrub, young deciduous forests and nutrient-poor Pinus sylvestris forests. The area has been managed actively by cutting bushes and cattle-grazing on the tall grass.

Key Biodiversity An important congregatory area for migrating waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1992  460 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1992  101-500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula passage  1992  5,001-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 450 160 individuals 36 very unfavourable
Bucephala clangula Common Goldeneye 5000 200 individuals 4 very unfavourable

Not assessed  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Coastline Lagoons  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 5%
unknown 95%

Protection status National None International High236 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rummelö-Harrbodan. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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