Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Finland, Lapin lääni
26o 47.00' East 69o 35.00' North
A3, B2, B3, C2, C6
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A very long, impressive, unique ridge valley in northern Lapland surrounded by large areas of subarctic forests. At the heart of the area is the long and shallow Kevojoki river, which runs through the Kevo canyon, considered to be one of the most remarkable geological formations in the country. Vast areas around the ridge valley are dominated by fjeld forests of birch Betula. Each summer, large numbers of tourists visit the area, especially the canyon.
Key Biodiversity The site supports a diverse Arctic avifauna. Breeding birds include 12 out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted to the Arctic/tundra biome (when breeding).