Blaikfjället

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Blaikfjället

  • Country: 
    Sweden
  • Site number: 
    2167
  • Area: 
    43,487 ha
  • Designation date: 
    19-03-2013
  • Coordinates: 
    64°38'N 16°02'E
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Overview

Blaikfjället is a vast high plateau to the east of the Fennoscandian mountain range. The Site is one of the largest unexploited mire complex areas in Scandinavia, where unusually in Sweden, the mires follow the local topography of the plateau and even cover some higher areas. The Site is of importance in preserving the biological diversity of north Scandinavian mire and taiga forest ecosystems, such as mire bird fauna, fungi, and insects which depend on dead wood. Almost all northern boreal mire and forest bird species are present, and the Site is important as a moulting, roosting, staging and breeding site for wetland birds. The peatland areas are important for carbon sequestration. The land has been used for extensive reindeer farming for several hundred years by the Saami people, which has some influence on the wetland vegetation. Remnants of the former hay harvesting, such as paths and barns, can also be observed. Currently the Site is mainly dedicated to nature conservation and research, recreation, fishing and hunting. Management plans for the two overlapping nature reserves and the Natura 2000 sites are being implemented. Due to its pristine state and high ecological value the Site has been proposed as a National Park.

Administrative region: 
Västerbotten County

  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature reserve (2)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC/SPA (2)
    • Nature reserve (1)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC/SPA (1)
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 
    13-07-2017

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