Palsa mires

Description (English)

Mire complexes in the northern boreal, orohemiarctic and alpine regions, where the climate is slightly continental and the mean annual temperature is below -1°. The mires are mainly minerotrophic, excluding the palsas, which are peat mounds with sporadic permafrost. The palsas are usually 2-4 metres high, but up to 7 metres high palsas have been found in Finland and Sweden.

Source: Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats, version EUR 28 (2013)

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 7320)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Bad
Boreal - Bad
Habitat type Priority
Natura 2000 sites 30 are designated for this habitat type

Distribution

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Conservation status

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Good: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Poor: A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future
Bad: A habitat is in serious danger of disappearing (at least regionally)
Unknown: The information available for the habitat type is scarce and does not allow a proper assessment of its conservation status
Full table details

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Betula nana
Flowering Plants Carex rotundata
Flowering Plants Carex saxatilis
Flowering Plants Eriophorum russeolum
Flowering Plants Ledum palustre
Flowering Plants Vaccinium microcarpum
Mosses & Liverworts Dicranum elongatum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Betula nana Flowering Plants
Carex rotundata Flowering Plants
Carex saxatilis Flowering Plants
Eriophorum russeolum Flowering Plants
Ledum palustre Flowering Plants
Vaccinium microcarpum Flowering Plants
Dicranum elongatum Mosses & Liverworts

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
FI1300101 Finland Pallas-Ounastunturi Map
FI1300103 Finland PÖYRISJÄRVEN ERÄMAA Map
FI1300105 Finland KÄSIVARREN ERÄMAA Map
FI1300107 Finland JIETANASVUOMA Map
FI1300108 Finland IITON PALSASUOT Map
FI1300118 Finland TARVANTOVAARA Map
FI1300201 Finland LEMMENJOEN KANSALLISPUISTO Map
FI1300202 Finland MUOTKATUNTURIN ERÄMAA Map
FI1300206 Finland HANHIJÄNKÄ-PIERKIVAARANJÄNKÄ Map
FI1300207 Finland PIERAN MARIN JÄNKÄ Map
FI1302001 Finland Kevo Map
FI1302002 Finland KALDOAIVIN ERÄMAA Map
FI1302003 Finland Paistunturin erämaa Map
LV0303500 Latvia Pape Map
SE0820056 Sweden Laisdalens fjällurskog Map
SE0820123 Sweden Hornavan-Sädvajaure fjällurskog Map
SE0820185 Sweden Sarek Map
SE0820201 Sweden Padjelanta Map
SE0820202 Sweden Stora Sjöfallet Map
SE0820204 Sweden Kaitum fjällurskog Map
SE0820216 Sweden Sjaunja Map
SE0820234 Sweden Stordalen Map
SE0820243 Sweden Rautas Map
SE0820261 Sweden Abisko Map
SE0820275 Sweden Alajaure Map
SE0820282 Sweden Torneträsk-Soppero fjällurskog Map
SE0820293 Sweden Norra Torneträsk Map
SE0820619 Sweden Tavvavuoma Map
SE0820620 Sweden Pältsa Map
SE0820623 Sweden Nissuntjårro Map

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

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