FE596en Assessing the conservation value of wetland bird-life
Timo Asanti, Esko Gustafsson, Harri Hongell, Petri Hottola, Markku Mikkola-Roos, Matti Osara, Juha Ylimaunu and Rauno Yrjölä, 2005.
The Finnish Environment 596en, Nature and natural resources, 58 p.
URN:ISBN:9521119438, ISBN 952-11-1943-8 (PDF). The publication is available also in printed form ISBN 952-11-1942-X (nid.).
This report sets out a new points system for assessing the conservation value of wetland bird-life. The system has been designed to replace a previously used points-rating system, to meet the need for an improved tool for application in the protection
and monitoring of bird wetlands. The new system also facilitates the calculations used to evaluate and compare bird wetlands. Values can be calculated for species nesting or feeding in wetlands during the breeding season, for the birds visiting on
migration or present during the moulting season, and for the overall value of a wetland in conservation terms on a points scale.
The system also facilitates assessment of the need for habitat restoration work or other forms of habitat management. It can also be applied in the re-evaluation of previous habitat restoration plans. The working group believes the new system devised
in Finland can be applied widely by environmental authorities at the municipal, national and EU levels.
The report also describes how the new conservation point values system has been tested, and presents the working group’s recommendations for its practical use.
Timo Asanti, Finnish Environment Institute, Tel: +3589 403 000,