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Location Finland, Oulun lääni
Central coordinates 27o 36.00' East  65o 37.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 31,395 ha
Altitude 400 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description One of the most important areas of boreal forest in the Pohjanmaa region. A 25-km chain of boreal forests lies at the core of the site, with additional forests extending eastwards. The landscape is hilly, with one peak reaching a height of 431 m. The forests are dominated by Picea, but deciduous forests cover the lower parts of the hills.

Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for boreal avifauna including Picoides tridactylus and also Tetrao urogallus (500-1,000 pairs), Tarsiger cyanurus (5-15 males), Perisoreus infaustus (100-200 pairs), Parus cinctus (50-100 pairs) and Pinicola enucleator (100-200 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1997  101-200 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1997  201-500 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1997  51-100 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1997  101-200 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1997  501-1,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata breeding  1997  2,001-5,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1997  21-50 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Lyrurus tetrix Black Grouse 350 350 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper 325 325 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Picoides tridactylus 375 450 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 370 370 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Phoenicurus phoenicurus Common Redstart 1350 1350 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher 2000 1000 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Jaaskamonvaara Specific Protection Area 5,755 unknown 0  
Latvakouvan luonnonsuojelualue 1 Private Nature Reserve 45 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   70%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International High5,720 ha of IBA covered by Specific Protection Area (Jaaskamonvaara, 5,755 ha). 46 ha of IBA covered by Protected Area on Private Land (Latvakouva, 46 ha). 31,395 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Syöte).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Syöte-Salmitunturi. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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