Lakes Heinä-Suvanto and Hetejärvi

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Lakes Heinä-Suvanto and Hetejärvi

  • Country: 
    Finland
  • Site number: 
    1519
  • Area: 
    1,224 ha
  • Designation date: 
    02-02-2004
  • Coordinates: 
    63°09'N 26°10'E
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Overview

Lakes Heinä-Suvanto and Hetejärvi. 02/02/04; Eastern Finland, Western Finland; 1,224 ha; 63°09'N 026°08'E; Natura 2000 SPA and SCI, WHCP. Two lakes dominated by water horsetail, sedge meadows and a mire zone of various types, comprising the most valuable area for both breeding and migrating wetland birds in Central Finland. Amongst the bird population are about 21 species of the EU Birds Directive Annex I breeding in the area, e.g. Wood Sandpiper, Slavonian Grebe and Black Grouse and some more scarce species such as Hen Harrier and Osprey. In total the breeding waterfowl include about 130 pairs of 14 species and during migration the highest daily counts in spring may reach, e.g., more than 150 individuals of Whooper Swans and more than 100 of Bean Geese with smaller numbers of other species. A restoration plan for Heinä-Suvanto was renewed in the 1990s, new areas of open water have been dredged, management and land use plans are in elaboration, and it is planned to raise the water level by 0.5 m. It is a site with few visitors, but still has some facilities such as two birdwatching towers and one nature trail. Ramsar site no. 1519. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Eastern and Western Finland

  • National legal designation: 
    • Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Programme
    • Private Protected Area
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 
    01-01-2005

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