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Title of the project

Lintulahdet Life Management of Wetlands along the Gulf of Finland Migratory Flyway 2003-2007

Description

The overall objective is the management of Wetlands along the Guld of Finland.

Restoration of 12 valuable bird wetland areas especially for migratory birds. During the project, flood meadows and open water areas invaded by plants were cleared and they controlled the population of small predators. Recreational use of the areas was developed by building bird towers, duckboards, map guides and nature trails. Various educational materials and brochures were produced to promote awareness on wetland nature.

The hunters were mainly in charge of the control of small predators.

Results

Retoration and management actions improved the the significance of the areas especially as a resting area for birds during migration.
Active management also aimed at supporting the diversity of the wetland nature.
During the project, flood meadows and open water areas invaded by plants were cleared and the amount of small predators was reduced.
During the project, altogether 1310 raccoon dogs and 391 minks were trapped. The outcome was monitored by counting water bird and gull broods.
Due to the small predator hunts,nesting was more successful in the hunting areas.

Location

Country Finland
Level Regional
Site 12 bird wetlands in South Finland (map on page 9: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=LIFE03_NAT_FIN_000039_LAYMAN.pdf
Region 12 bird wetlands in South Finland (map on page 9: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=LIFE03_NAT_FIN_000039_LAYMAN.pdf

Starting date

2003

Habitat Types

Wetland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000

Species

Species Caracteristics Migratory species, Abundant species
Species Type Birds

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities)

Partners

Leading partners Uusimaa Regional Environment Centre, Southeast Finland Regional Environment Centre
(http://www.ymparisto.fi/lintulahdetlife)
Other partners Metsähallitus (http://www.metsa.fi/web/en)
Finnish Environment Institute (http://www.syke.fi/en-US)
City of Helsinki (http://www.hel.fi/www/helsinki/en)
City of Espoo (http://www.espoo.fi/en-US)
Central Uusimaa regional water protection council
Uusimaa Game Management District, Kymi Game Management District (https://www.researchgate.net/figure/232669211_fig1_Figure-1-Game-management-districts-1-15-in-Finland-The-col-ours-denote-the)
Uusimaa Road Administration District
WWF (http://www.worldwildlife.org/)
BirdLife Finland (http://www.birdlife.fi/english/)
SE Finland Road Administration District

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

3.300.000 € (the half comes from EU LIFE)

Publication(s)

The Final report: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=LIFE03_NAT_FIN_000039_LAYMAN.pdf

Weblinks

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=LIFE03_NAT_FIN_000039_LAYMAN.pdf