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Liminganlahti

Liminganlahti Visitor Centre

Liminganlahti wetland area is a wide and shallow bay in the Northern Gulf of Bothnia with an amazing abundance of birds. Area covers over 12 000 ha and belongs to the EU Natura 2000 network of protected areas. It is a Ramsar site and classified as an internationally significant sea area for birds.

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Overall aims of the centre

Liminganlahti Visitor Centre serves as the gate to the Liminganlahti wetland offering information about the site and the birds, detailed information about the areas specialities and services and about life of the birds at Liminganlahti during four seasons.

Description of the centre

Liminganlahti wetland area is a wide and shallow bay in the Northern Gulf of Bothnia with an amazing abundance of birds. Area covers over 12 000 ha and belongs to the EU Natura 2000 network of protected areas. It is a Ramsar site and classified as an internationally significant sea area for birds.

Over 100 species of birds nest in the bay and up to 250 species can be seen in the area, including the globally threatened lesser white fronted goose Anser erythropus. Of them 31 Species are on Annex 1 of the Birds Directive (SPA). There are 6 Habitat types of EUs Habitat Directive (SCI) found in the area.

Currently about 20 000 people visit the Liminganlahti Visitor Centre. Exhibitions consist of nature photos and art exhibitions visiting our Centre. The association of the Friends of Liminganlahti is responsible for the guided tours and exhibitions in the Centre. Visitor Centre is located in Liminka municipality, 25 km south from Oulu and is open from April to September.

Main CEPA work areas

Visitor Centre gives information about the significance of the Liminganlahti wetland and other protected sites in Oulu Region. Guided tours at the Centre and on the bird-watching towers are arranged for the school children, families, companys and tourists.

A multimedia-show called “the Birds of the Liminganlahti” is shown at the Centre. The Friends of Liminganlahti arrange many events, send newsletters and actively participates to the bird monitoring at Liminganlahti.

Top three successes

1) Co-operation between the local people, municipality and environmental authorities has worked well when the Association of the Friends of Liminganlahti was established. The Association runs the practical guidance of the Visitor Centre

2) The key of the success of the Visitor Centre is that the guides are locals who have a wide knolwedge of the area, its culture, nature and birds.

3) Our current project “Birds as the top attraction of the Nature Tourism in Oulu Region” has managed to commit local people and entrepreneurs, municipalities and environmental authorities, to support and raise the project to rebuild and expand the Visitor Centre into a new International Nature Centre of Liminganlahti to be opened in 2012. The aim of the Nature Tourism project is to be prepared for the new Nature Centre by developing products, services, communications and marketing.

Top three challenges

1) Challenge of the all-year-round services for the visitors.
2) How to encourage and support the entrepreneurs to develop their products to serve different customer groups. On the same time it is important to insure public services. Transparent co-operation is important between these two, public services and business.
3) How to reach the local people from Oulu region which has 250 000 inhabitants.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; using audio visual tools; producing written materials; developing nature trails.

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; running a visitor centre; managing /creating habitat; building / maintaining structures.

Participation

Working with disabled people; engaging young people; working with volunteers; engaging the local community.

Education and communication

Early years education; working with primary schools; working with secondary schools; delivering adult education; developing resources / materials.

General

Fund-raising; PR and marketing; project planning.

Other
Arrangements for the contest of the Bird Photo of the Year in Finland and The Bird Photo Festival.

Liminganlahden luontokeskus, Rantakurvi 6, 91900 Liminka, Finland
E: info@liminganlahti.fi
T: +358-50-518 8866

Sari Airas, Metsäahllitus
E: sari.airas@metsa.fi
T: + 358-40-5016127

www.liminganlahti.fi

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Contact

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