Sammuttijänkä - Vaijoenjänkä Mires

Sammuttijänkä-Vaijoenjänkä mires comprise a mosaic of freshwaters, mineral soil and peatland.

Sammuttijänkä - Vaijoenjänkä Mires

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    51,749 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    69°28'N 27°39'E
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The Site is Finland’s largest continuous mire area in a natural state. The area is a huge mosaic of pools, ponds and lakes, of which the largest cover about 170 hectares. It is among the most valuable breeding areas for waterfowl and waders in Lapland. The Site supports many breeding species such as red-throated pipit (Anthus cervinus), common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), ruff (Philomachus pugnax), common redshank (Tringa tetanus) and many other threatened birds. Wolverine (Gulo gulo) and European otter (Lutra lutra) are also present. The Site faces relatively limited human impact: there are two archaeological sites with storage pits and possible pitfall traps. The area is important for local reindeer husbandry, hunting, fishing and recreation. It also serves as an education site for the Kevo Research Station of Turku University.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Mire Protection Area - Skiesvaaranjängän-Sammuttijängän-Vaijoenjängän alue
    • Wilderness Area - Kaldoaivi wilderness area
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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