River Luiro Mires

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River Luiro Mires

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    12,345 ha
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    67°16'N 27°33'E
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River Luiro Mires. 02/02/04; Lapland; 12,345 ha; 67°20'N 027°33'E. Natura 2000 SPA and SCI, Finnish Mire Conservation Programme. Among the most outstanding mire areas in Finland with extremely diverse mire types and the most extensive unbroken birch fen areas, representative of the mire vegetation region of Main aapa mires of middle and northern types. The area is situated on both sides of River Luiro, characterized by extensive alluvial meadows and alluvial grove forests. Several brooks and small rivers traverse the mires together with small esker formations, and interchanging open-water flarks are typical. Birch fens are typical of Sakkala-aapa in the south, while eccentric bogs constitute the centre and barren aapa mires in the Kairanaapa area eastwards. They are an important breeding and staging area for waterfowl and waders, supporting about 13 species of the EU Birds Directive Annex I, such as Wood Sandpiper, Capercaillie and Ruff. They also provide habitat for threatened mammals such as Brown Bear and otter. The alluvial meadows are slowly turning into forests with the cessation of hay cutting, and some drainage has been carried out on the margins of the mires. Ramsar site no. 1529. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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    • Mire Conservation Programme
    • Mire Protection Area
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    • EU Natura 2000
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