Patvinsuo National Park

Patvinsuo mire and forest landscape.

Patvinsuo National Park

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  • Area: 
    12,727 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    63°06'N 30°44'E
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Situated close to the Eastern border with Russia, Patvinsuo National Park is a large complex of aapa mires, raised bogs, swamps and open water bodies. It is an important area for the preservation and study of peatland and water ecosystems of the Boreal region. The Site’s active and mostly pristine peat bogs are valuable for carbon storage, flood control and water quality maintenance. Several nationally threatened species can be found, such as the ruff (Philomachus pugnax), the black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) and the internationally vulnerable rustic bunting (Emberiza rustica). In addition, four priority natural wetland habitat types listed in the European Union’s Habitats Directive are found in the Site. There are 38 archaeological sites in the area, including Stone Age dwellings located along the sandy shores of Lake Suomunjärvi. The main threats include earlier drainage activities, dams created by the invasive Canadian beaver (Castor canadensis) and recreational pressures. Visitor facilities in the National Park include cabins, campfire sites, three observation towers, three nature trails and a network of marked trails.

Administrative region: 
North Karelia

  • National legal designation: 
    • Mire Conservation Programme
    • Mire Protection Area
    • Protected Area
    • national park
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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