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Raahe elago archip -area 00 Natura 20

Natura 2000 area The archipelago off the Raahe coast has been chosen to be a part of the Natura 2000 network based on its bird fauna, vegetation and habitats. The total area is 2,240 hectares, which consists of about 358.5 hectares of land area and shallows, and about 1,881.5 hectares of water. The Raahe archipelago is the only significant archipelago in the Gulf of Bothnia between Rahja in the municipality of Kalajoki and Oulunsalo. The archipelago includes both forested inner islands near the shore and small, open islets further out to sea. The archipelago forms a scenically valuable entity, shaped by early means of livelihood such as cattle herding, fishing and maritime transport.

Grove forest on Smitti

The islands 1. Konikari 2. Kanttikivet 3. Kusiini 4. Kurikka 5. Isokivi 6. Tasku 7. Taskunlukko 8. Rääpäkkä 9. Rääpäkänriutta 10. Saapaskari 11. Valtarinkivi 12. Louekarinriutta 13. Kalla 14. Kallanriutta 15. Kakkonen

16. Smitti 17. Smitinriutta 18. Jyry 19. Maapauha 20. Ulkopauha 21. Kello 22. Ämmä-Äijä 23. Pikku-Soini 24. Heinäkari 25. Ruohokari 26. Pikku-Tiira 27.Iso-Kraaseli 28.Roskakari 29. Koninpää 30. Vesimatala

Landing prohibition:

31. Selkämatala 32.Resu (rocks) 33. Haltia (rocks) 34. Ulko-Soini 35. Unnamed islet (Koninpää N) 36. Unnamed islet (Koninpää W) 37. Unnamed islet

In order to secure successful bird breeding, the most important bird islets and islands are subject to a landing prohibition during the breeding season. The landing prohibition is in effect between 15 April and 15 July on the following islands: Saapaskari, Kakkonen, Selkämatala, Kallanriutta, Rääpäkänriutta,Vesimatala, Isokivi, Kurikka, Kusiini, Kanttikivet 1 May to 20 July: landing prohibition on Rääpäkkä. 1 May to 15 July: landing prohibition on Jyry. Landing site Barbecue shelter 0

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Natural conditions

The islands of the Raahe archipelago are rather flat, consisting of moraine, rocks, gravel and sand. Strong land elevation is typical for the area, visibly shaping and forming the terrain and the landscape even during a person’s lifetime.

Siberian primrose

The Kvarken and Gulf of Bothnia shores form an

other cultural areas when they are no longer maintained

internationally unique area of land elevation

and used has had a major effect on species becoming

where the living conditions of plants, animals and people


are constantly changing. New islands are created and

One of the most significant endangered species in the

existing islands grow larger or become conjoined. In

area is the Siberian primrose, which blooms with faintly

recent years, the land elevation has slowed down to some

purple flowers in early summer. The Siberian primrose,

degree. According to research by the Finnish Institute of

which grows on short-vegetation shore meadows, is

Marine Research (2007), the current rate of land elevation

losing suitable sites not only due to eutrophication and

is approximately 7 millimetres a year. In the future, the ef-

the end of grazing, but in part due to natural develop-

fects of land elevation may be increasingly compensated

ment as well. On the other hand, new sites are forming

by the rise of sea levels caused by global warming.

constantly. Some of the old Siberian primrose sites on the

Vegetation There are several rare and endangered plant species on the Raahe archipelago. The majority of the land area consists of important Natura 2000 habitats, which is an indication of the importance of the area. Priority habitats occurring in the Natura 2000 area of the Raahe archipelago are: natural forests in a primary succession phase on the land elevation coast, sea shore meadows, coastal lagoons (gloe lakes and flads) and species-rich dry and fresh meadows. The magnitude of the land elevation phenomenon and the low-laying terrain of the shores lead to a rapid change in the vegetation. Moving towards land, the meadow shore usually turns into a bush zone and then into a rising, often grove-like and lush broadleaf forest zone. The vegetation on the outermost islets of the archipelago is scarce and short, consisting of grasses in a pioneer phase and bush-like alders. There are forests only on the largest

Raahe archipelago have disappeared, but new sites have also been found. The rise in the nutrient concentration of the seawater has also played a part in the overgrowth development. The high-rising seawater fertilises the shore meadows, which has caused the vegetation on the shores to become eutrophic. Eutrophication problems occur particularly in low coastal areas, near the coastline, on the archipelago and next to industrial facilities and urban areas. In recent years, the changes in vegetation on the Raahe archipelago have been especially prominent on the bird islets ‒ willows, birches and rowans have spread onto the bird islets. Herbaceous vegetation has also increased significantly in recent years. In addition to plants, the Raahe archipelago is home to endangered mushroom and moss species and other locally valuable fungal findings, mainly Polyporaceae fungi. Species such as Dichomitus campestris and Fomes fomentarius (tinder fungus) occur on the Natura area



There have been great changes in the vegetation and

Bird fauna

landscape of the islands in recent decades. Many islands have started to become overgrown due to animals no longer grazing there. The closing of the open heritage and

A large population of waterfowl and coastal bird species nests on the Raahe archipelago. The area also has considerable value as a resting and feeding area for birds.

Lesser spotted woodpecker

Waterfowl and gulls are commonly seen in the area

archipelago is important and worth protecting. In relation

throughout the open water season, and gulls can be seen

to the shoreline, the density of the waterfowl and coastal

even after the water has frozen. During the spring and

bird population nesting on the Raahe archipelago is high

autumn migration and moulting period, there are

compared to the other archipelago areas in the Bothnian

considerable numbers of birds in the area.

Bay. The population of birds nesting on the archipelago is

For the bird population, the most valuable places on the

many times denser than that on the continental shores of

archipelago are scarcely vegetated and treeless reefs, such

Raahe. The waterfowl and coastal birds on the continental

as Selkämatala and Kallanriutta.

shores are threatened more by factors such as

In terms of conservation, perhaps the most important

environmental changes, disturbances and introduced

aspect of the non-waterfowl bird population on the

predators than the birds on the archipelago.

islands is the large number of woodpeckers. Woodpeckers

The bird fauna on the archipelago is constantly

utilise the abundance of dead trees in the forests.

changing. This is partially due to natural changes in bird

During the migration period, hundreds of thousands of

populations, but man has also affected the bird fauna for

songbirds rest on the islands, although their numbers are

hundreds of years. Birds and their eggs have been used for

greatly affected by the weather conditions.

food and some species have been hounded. Currently the

The abundance and diversity of the bird fauna on the

most significant factors in changes to the bird fauna are man-made environmental changes, eutrophication,


Arctic tern

climate change, pollution and emissions, the effects of

Kokkola and Oulunsalo, more than two million of those

which reach the archipelago.

near Raahe. Some zander, grayling and northern pike are

Fish population

also planted in addition to the aforementioned species. The majority of plantings are due to obligations set for

The most significant fish species by the coast of Raahe

power engineering construction and the industry. Fish are

are the whitefish, the perch, the Baltic herring, the brown

also planted in the Bothnian Bay as well as the rivers that

trout, the salmon and the northern pike. These species

flow into it, funded by partner municipalities and for so-

are accompanied by the vendace, the rainbow trout, the

called general interest and research purposes.

Arctic char, the burbot, the common bream, the ide, the common roach, the common dace, the European smelt,

Other fauna

the sculpin and the ruffe. Considerable numbers of

There are grey seals in the waters of Raahe. The grey seal

salmon, sea trout and whitefish are planted annually

became a protected species in 1988. In the spring and

in the southern fishing area of the Bothnian Bay, which

early summer, during the seals’ moulting period, they can

reaches from the south side of Kalajoki to the north side

be seen resting on the outer islets.

of Oulujoki. About 20 million newly hatched whitefish are

There are also rabbits, American minks, foxes,

planted annually in the coastal waters between

squirrels, other small mammals and moose on the archipelago.

The islands and the shore area Thanks to its proximity and easy accessibility, the Raahe archipelago offers plenty of opportunities for recreational use in summer and winter. The islands are well suited for boating and canoeing trips, and many of them are relatively easily to land on with a boat. The area is also great for picking berries and mushrooms in accordance with Finland’s everyman’s rights. During winter, when the ice is strong enough, many people enjoy skiing, walking or skating on the ice and the islands. The recreational use of the Raahe archipelago is managed so that the most valuable parts of the Natura 2000 area wildlife are not disturbed. Islands suitable for recreational use are Ämmä-Äijä, Iso-Kraaseli, Kalla, Konikari, Tasku, Ulkopauha and Smitti.

Maijanpauha waterway





Services :

Distance: Mooring: Small boat jetty and pier

Special feature:


The pilot cottage has electricity, so food can be cooked and refrigerated there.

Trips and reservations: Pikkulahden Palvelut Oy tel. +358 (0)50 370 71111

Kalla Kalla Island

Coordinates: Distance: Services: Special feature:

Konikari Coordinates: Distance: Services: Special feature:

Tasku Island


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Special feature: Nice beach on the


southern shore

Smitti Smitti Island Coordinates: Distance: Services:

Ulkopauha Ulkopauha Island Coordinates: Distance: Services:

Shore area



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