Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Finland, Lapin lääni
29o 45.00' East 67o 40.00' North
A3, B2, B3, C2, C6
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A wilderness area comprising two adjacent mountainous conservation units in eastern Lapland: Värriö Strict Nature Reserve, and the Wilderness Area of Tuntsa which reaches the Russian border in the east. The landscape is dominated by low fjelds and high hills, with forested slopes, fertile river valleys and old, natural boreal forests between them. Due to the area's remoteness, human activity is minor.
Key Biodiversity An important area for boreal avifauna. Breeding birds include 13 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).