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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 27o 42.00' East  67o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 38,294 ha
Altitude 150 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND



Site description A very large complex of aapa mires, riverside forests, herb-rich mires and forested hills and ridges on the upper course of the Kemi river. The heart of the area is the avifaunally rich Kokonaapa, a large, wet expanse of aapa mires, with numerous lakes and rivers. The site encompasses large areas of semi-natural and natural boreal forest.

Key Biodiversity An important area for boreal avifauna, especially for waders. Breeding birds include 14 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
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1994  474 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  1994  21 breeding pairs  medium  C2  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1994  80 individuals  poor  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  1994  64 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1994  32 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1994  81 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus breeding  1994  76 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia breeding  1994  70 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1994  2,278 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus breeding  1996  76 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Ruff Calidris pugnax breeding  1994  335 breeding pairs  medium  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa breeding  1994  6 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula breeding  1994  14 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1994  54 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1994  204 breeding pairs  poor  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus breeding  1994  20 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Tit Parus cinctus resident  1994  746 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  1994  800 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis breeding  1994  7 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata breeding  1994  2,712 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis breeding  1994  5,425 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla breeding  1994  8,000 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator breeding  1994  7 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1994  41 breeding pairs  poor  A3, B3  Least Concern 
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera breeding  1994  1 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeding  1994  2,577 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Anser fabalis Bean Goose 65 12 breeding pairs 19 very unfavourable
Mergellus albellus Smew 60 10 breeding pairs 17 very unfavourable
Circus cyaneus 30 3 breeding pairs 10 very unfavourable
Grus grus Common Crane 90 90 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kemihaaran suot - FI1300907 Birds Directive 14,060 protected area overlaps with site 11,289  
Luiron suot - FI1300904 Birds Directive 12,590 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RAATEAAPA - FI1300906 Habitats Directive 1,785 protected area overlaps with site 1,477  
Serrijoki-Kätkävuoma - FI1300905 Habitats Directive 1,021 protected area overlaps with site 194  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  55%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  45%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 60%
hunting 95%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kemihaara (Vuotos) mires and forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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