Teuravuoma - Kivijärvenvuoma Mires

The surface waters of Teuravuoma aapa mires are rich in iron.

Teuravuoma - Kivijärvenvuoma Mires

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    5,788 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    67°20'N 24°05'E
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The Site is the most representative mire complex in western Lapland and an important protection area with its rich fens and the largest unbroken aapa mire in the area of River Tornionjoki. Much of the mire consists of representative grass or flark fens. On the margins of the Site are Sphagnum fuscum bogs and spruce and poor pine bogs traversed by small rivers, and there are three small lakes and numerous ponds. The mires are important for breeding birds, including threatened species such as rustic bunting (Emberiza rustica) and velvet scoter (Melanitta fusca). The Site also provides habitat for significant species such as goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) and Eurasian teal (Anas crecca) during their migration and staging periods. Human activities include reindeer husbandry, an important livelihood in the surrounding area, and hunting, fishing and mushroom and berry picking. Otherwise the area has few visitors and is untouched by tourism. The Site’s alluvial meadows were overgrowing as of 2023 because of diminished hay cutting. A plan to restore the Site’s mire and freshwater habitats was included in 2017 in Finland’s FRESHABIT project funded by the European Union’s LIFE programme.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Mire Conservation Programme - Teuravuoma-Kivijärvenvuoma
    • Protected area - Teuravuoma-Kivijärvenvuoma mire protection area
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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