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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 22o 21.00' East  68o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 43,367 ha
Altitude 500 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A large complex of peatlands and wetlands along the Lätäseno and Jietajoki rivers. The area supports well-developed mires characteristic of the palsa mire region of northernmost Lapland. Numerous lakes, ponds, rivers and streams pass through the peatlands, and there are some forests restricted to mineral soils. Since the area is protected, human impact is slight, with some hunting in autumn, and an illegal spring hunting `season'.

Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for Arctic species, especially waders, e.g. Limicola falcinellus, Calidris alpina (100-300 pairs), Tringa glareola, T. erythropus (50-150 pairs) and Phalaropus lobatus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Circus cyaneus breeding  1997  10-50 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1997  500-2,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus breeding  1997  200-500 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  1997  200-500 breeding pairs  poor  C2  Least Concern 
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis breeding  1997  2,000-5,000 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lätäsenon-Hietajoen soidensuojelualue Protected Mire 43,524 protected area overlaps with site 43,367  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   20%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
unknown -

Protection status National High International High43,367 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Lätäseno-Hietajoki, 43,367 ha). 43,258 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Käsivarren erämaa).

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

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