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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 27o 30.00' East  69o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, C7
Area 51,750 ha
Altitude 150 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND



Site description Situated north of Inari lake, a complex of very large peatlands (belonging to the palsa mires typical of Fjeld-Lapland), separated by small areas of ridge forest (Pinus sylvestris and Betula). Many rivers, streams, lakes and ponds occur in the area, including the Vaijoki river. Due to its remoteness and wetness the area has remained mainly free of human activities.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus breeding  1996  present  A3  Vulnerable 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Melanitta nigra breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  A3  Not Recognised 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  A3  Vulnerable 
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  1996  6-10 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica breeding  1996  11-50 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  1996  11-50 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
KALDOAIVIN ERÄMAA - FI1302002 Birds Directive 351,633 protected area contains site 51,750  
Sammuttijängän-Vaijoenjängän soidensuojelualue Protected Mire 52,830 protected area overlaps with site 51,750  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   35%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

Protection status National High International High51,750 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Sammuttijänkä-Vaijoenjänkä, 51,812 ha). 51,693 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Kaldoaivin erämaa).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sammutinjänkä-Vaijoenjänkä. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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