Puurijärvi-Isosuo National Park

Puurijärvi-Isosuo National Park
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Puurijärvi-Isosuo National Park

This national park protects a peaceful oasis of wild marshlands and lake shores rich in bird life in a region mainly dominated by farmlands. Bring your binoculars and scan the skies to search for the park's many winged inhabitants while enjoying the ever-changing natural scene. The area (4,5 sq.km.) of Lake Puurijärvi is almost overgrown. In Finland it is one of the lakes with largest number of birds. It grows sedges (Carex), common reeds (Phragmites australis) and horsetails (Equisetum). On the lake shores, there are flood meadows and moist bushland. Lake Puurijärvi is an important stopping place for migrating water birds, such as geese and swans. In the spring, it is possible to see more than 400 Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) and hundreds of Bean Geese (Anser fabalis) on the lake. Isosuo Mire is the area with most valuable set of bird species in the National Park. There nest the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) and the Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata).

The traditional way of managing the shore meadows (1,0 sq.km.) is pasturing. This area is one of the largest traditional landscape sites in Satakunta region. Managing the landscape improves the conditions for the shore birds and the insects living on the open meadows on the shores.

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