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Location Sweden, Norrbotten
Central coordinates 20o 41.44' East  68o 29.53' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, C6
Area 54,000 ha
Altitude 540 - 1,119m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description A mosaic of marshes, watercourses, lakes and pools lying in a depression on one of the most northerly Lapland plateaus. The IBA forms part of the River Lainio's catchment, and the only land-use is reindeer Rangifer tarandus herding (`Other' land-use).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus breeding  1 breeding pairs  A3  Vulnerable 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  present [units unknown]  A3  Vulnerable 
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  present [units unknown]  B2  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata breeding  5-20 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Gyr Falcon Falco rusticolus breeding  1-3 breeding pairs  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  3-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica breeding  5-10 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus breeding  40-70 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  90-150 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima breeding  1-3 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  150-200 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus breeding  5-35 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus breeding  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Carduelis hornemanni breeding  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus breeding  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tavvavuoma Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 28,700 protected area overlaps with site 28,400  
Tavvavuoma - SE0820619 Birds Directive 53,941 protected area contained by site 53,941  
Torne och Kalix älvsystem - SE0820430 Habitats Directive 176,092 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  21%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Treeline ecotone  5%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands  69%
Rocky areas   3%
Shrubland Scrub  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -

Protection status National None International High28,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Taavavuoma, 28,700 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Taavavuoma. Downloaded from on 18/04/2014

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