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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 26o 52.00' East  67o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 7,989 ha
Altitude 450 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND



Site description An important area of natural boreal forests, fjelds and peatland in the heart of Lapland. The forests are mostly natural tracts of old Pinus sylvestris and Picea abies trees. All types of mires found in the Peräpohjola zone are present, including forested, open herb-rich and -poor, twig-abundant and grass-dominated mires.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia breeding  1996  4-5 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula breeding  1996  6-10 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1996  20-50 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Tit Parus cinctus resident  1996  20-50 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis breeding  1996  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla breeding  1996  500-1,000 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1996  1-11 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera breeding  1996  50-100 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeding  1996  100-200 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Luosto - FI1301713 Habitats Directive 8,090 protected area contains site 7,989  
Pyhä-Luosto - FI1300908 Birds Directive 14,325 protected area contains site 7,989  
Pyhätunturi - FI1300901 Habitats Directive 4,338 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Luosto. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014

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