Kivisuo is a 620 hectare peatland rewilding site in Muhos community in central Finland. It is part of a nationally-relevant 20-kilometer-wide Muhos-Utajärvi peatland complex.
Admission into the Landscape Rewilding Programme:
The site was included into the Landscape Rewilding Programme in June 2020. The site was formally protected in September 2020.
Kivisuo is an aapa peatland. It is the home of many nesting and staging birds, including waders. Of special value is the nesting of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) in the area. Kivisuo is the largest site in the Landscape Rewilding Programme.
Kivisuo has many natural features left. Rewilding actions include
1. Investigation of expanding the site with neighboring land owners
2. Restoring the channels that runs through the site as needed, timetable: 2021-22
3. Inventories of key species, vegetation, GHG (first bird surveys completed in 2020)
Info on Species:
Currently inventories have documented over 29 species on Kivisuo, but this is to be considered a very preliminary number as the surveys will continue over the next few years.
Of special interest is the Peregrine Falcon, common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus) as well as a number of waders, including Wood Sandpiper.