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Location Finland, Oulun lääni
Central coordinates 25o 23.00' East  64o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3
Area 2,500 ha
Altitude 70 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A group of adjacent shallow lakes in the central part of north Pohjanmaa district. The lakes are nutrient-rich, partly resulting from nutrient input from melting snow and rivers. Equisetum and Phragmites dominate the vegetation, whilst the lakes are bordered by open mires, Betula and Pinus sylvestris fens, and mixed forests.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1995  800-1,200 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Larus minutus breeding  1995  79 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Larus minutus passage  1995  500-800 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Haapaveden lintuvedet ja suot - FI1100001 Birds Directive 3,616 protected area overlaps with site 1,456  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 10%
hunting 90%

Protection status National None International Partial1,574 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Haapaveden lintuvedet ja suot).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haapavesi wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/04/2014

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