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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 28o 45.00' East  67o 25.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 29,574 ha
Altitude 450 - 550m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A wilderness area comprising three adjacent fjelds in central Lapland. The landscape is very diverse, supporting large aapa mires, natural and very old boreal forests, stony hill-slope forests, numerous streams with small valleys and treeless mountain heath.

Key Biodiversity An important area for boreal avifauna.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1996  500 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low favourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel 110 110 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Picoides tridactylus 70 70 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 200 200 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Phoenicurus phoenicurus Common Redstart 1400 1400 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Maltion luonnonpuisto Strict Nature Reserve 14,755 protected area contained by site 14,703  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   75%
Grassland Tundra  15%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Partial International None14,703 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Maltio, 14,703 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Maltio fjelds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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