Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Finland, Oulun lääni
29o 42.00' East 65o 38.00' North
B2, B3, C6
300 - 380m
Year of IBA assessment
Site description Several adjacent areas of boreal forest and mire in southernmost Kuusamo. This is one of the most important areas of old-growth forest in Finland, and its value is increased by its location adjacent to large, intact forest areas in Russia. Standing and fallen dead trees and 400-500 year-old living trees are not uncommon. Aapa mires are also representative, with herb-rich slope swamps and a multitude of natural springs. Barren, natural Pinussylvestris heaths are the most typical feature of the landscape. The IBA has remained largely natural, and current human impact is minor.
Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for boreal avifauna.