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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 25o 40.00' East  66o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3, C6
Area 13,904 ha
Altitude 110 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND



Site description A diverse complex of aapa mires and boreal forests with numerous lakes and ponds, located south of the lower course of the Kemi river. The forests are typically 150 years old and Pinus-sylvestris-dominated, with scattered very large aspens Populus tremula.

Key Biodiversity An important area for boreal avifauna. Breeding birds include 11 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  1995  6-10 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1995  11-20 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Not Recognised 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1995  21-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus breeding  1995  11-20 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia breeding  1995  51-100 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1995  501-1,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa breeding  1995  3-5 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula breeding  1995  3-5 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus breeding  1995  3-5 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus breeding  1995  1-2 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Tit Parus cinctus breeding  1997  1-2 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla breeding  1995  2,001-5,000 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1995  21-50 breeding pairs  poor  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeding  1995  201-500 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 medium very unfavourable negligible
Population
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Mergellus albellus Smew 6 2 breeding pairs 34 not assessed
Circus cyaneus 10 2 breeding pairs 20 very unfavourable
Grus grus Common Crane 30 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Lymnocryptes minimus Jack Snipe 60 60 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank 40 40 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper 500 500 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 30 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Bombycilla garrulus Bohemian Waxwing 35 35 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Fringilla montifringilla Brambling 1500 600 breeding pairs 40 unfavourable
Emberiza rustica Rustic Bunting 580 250 breeding pairs 44 unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Runkauksen luonnonpuisto Strict Nature Reserve 7,049 protected area contained by site 7,030  
RUNKAUS - FI1301601 Habitats Directive 7,050 protected area contained by site 7,050  
Saariaapa-Hattuselkä - FI1301612 Habitats Directive 2,503 protected area overlaps with site 2,296  
Saariaavan soidensuojelualue Protected Mire 1,896 protected area contained by site 1,908  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Native coniferous woodland  25%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  75%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 5%
hunting 50%
unknown 45%

Protection status National Partial International None7,030 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Runkaus, 7,030 ha). 1,908 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Saariaapa, 1,908 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Runkaus-Saariaapa-Tainijärvet. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014

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