Database release:

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)



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1.1 Type


1.2 Site code


1.3 Site name


1.4 First Compilation date


1.5 Update date


1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Länsstyrelsen i Norrbottens län

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:1996-12
National legal reference of SPA designationGovernmental act M96/4019/4
Date site proposed as SCI:1995-12
Date site confirmed as SCI:2003-12
Date site designated as SAC:2009-12
National legal reference of SAC designation:Governmental act M2009/4475/Na


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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:


2.2 Area [ha]


2.3 Marine area [%]


2.4 Sitelength [km] (optional):

No information provided

2.5 Administrative region code and name

No information provided

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Alpine (26.94 %) Boreal (73.06 %)


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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
3160  info      13.3  0.00 
3260  info      172.2  0.00 
4060  info      160.6  0.00 
7140  info      868.1  0.00 
7160  info      36  0.00 
7310  info      20658.3  0.00 
8110  info      11  0.00 
8220  info      21.4  0.00 
8230  info      25.9  0.00 
9010  info      25833.1  0.00 
9040  info      280.5  0.00 
9050  info      75.2  0.00 
9060  info      191.2  0.00 
9080  info      15.3  0.00 
91D0  info      81  0.00 
91E0  info      58.6  0.00 
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation)

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
BA085Accipiter gentilis          DD 
BA223Aegolius funereus          DD 
BA223Aegolius funereus          DD 
BA054Anas acuta          DD 
BA039Anser fabalis          DD 
BA039Anser fabalis          DD 
BA222Asio flammeus          DD 
BA222Asio flammeus          DD 
BA062Aythya marila          DD 
BA104Bonasa bonasia          DD 
BA082Circus cyaneus          DD 
BA082Circus cyaneus          DD 
BA038Cygnus cygnus          DD 
BA038Cygnus cygnus          DD 
BA038Cygnus cygnus          DD 
BA236Dryocopus martius          DD 
BA236Dryocopus martius          DD 
BA379Emberiza hortulana          DD 
BA098Falco columbarius          DD 
BA096Falco tinnunculus          DD 
BA002Gavia arctica          DD 
BA001Gavia stellata          DD 
BA217Glaucidium passerinum          DD 
BA127Grus grus          DD 
P6216Hamatocaulis vernicosus          DD 
BA183Larus fuscus          DD 
BA150Limicola falcinellus          DD 
BA150Limicola falcinellus          DD 
BA157Limosa lapponica          DD 
BA157Limosa lapponica          DD 
BA272Luscinia svecica          DD 
M1355Lutra lutra          DD 
M1355Lutra lutra          DD 
BA152Lymnocryptes minimus          DD 
BA152Lymnocryptes minimus          DD 
P1389Meesia longiseta         
BA151Philomachus pugnax          DD 
BA241Picoides tridactylus          DD 
BA241Picoides tridactylus          DD 
BA140Pluvialis apricaria          DD 
P1972Ranunculus lapponicus         
BA249Riparia riparia          DD 
P1528Saxifraga hirculus    15  50   
P1975Silene furcata ssp. angustiflora          DD 
BA194Sterna paradisaea          DD 
BA220Strix uralensis          DD 
BA220Strix uralensis          DD 
BA456Surnia ulula          DD 
BA409Tetrao tetrix tetrix          DD 
BA108Tetrao urogallus          DD 
BA166Tringa glareola          DD 
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

No information provided


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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover

Total Habitat Cover


Other Site Characteristics

The northern parts constitutes a large flat plateau of primary rocks with solitary softly rounded monadnocks dispersed in a landscape of extensive wetlands, lakes and mosaics of forests and bogs. The bogland around the central lake Muddusjaure and the calm upper parts of the river is very frequented by abundanced birdlife. The bogs are impressed by a pattern of strings of grass- or scrubgrown. Between the strings are patterns of sedge vegetation or sometimes pure mud. The bogs are mainly rich, housing rare species such as Saxifraga hirculus. The plateau is in general drained by Muddusjokk crossing the park into the river Stora Luleälv in the south, a deep entrenched area, so called kursu-valleys, formed during the glaciation by glacial trough. The largest of them all is Måskokårsa, nearly 2,5 km long and 50-70m deep and Muddusjokk running through, making a magnificient waterfall of 45 m into a remarkable calcareous tarn, an enormous pothole. Strikingly vascular plants, such as Silene furcata, Potentilla multifada, Viscaria alpina and Woodsia alpina normally demanding mountainous conditions are found in the kursuvalleys.These virgin forests, untouched by humans, has been burned naturally in intervals and many charred tree stumps are eloquent testimony of what has happened. Only the terrain close to Stora Luleälv has been affected by some loggings. Mixed forests with as well pine as spruce and high denseness of birch represents the most common forest type. In the southern and eastern parts the pines are in the majority, among them some giants of 500-600 years and large amounts of dry trunks. On the other hand the spruce is dominating in the western and central parts with ages around 200-300 years, contributed with species like the orchids Epipogium aphyllum. A geographical of vascular plant interesting specie Scirpus silvaticus are extremely northern growing.The amount of elks are annually varying, but due to the lacking clear-cuts the elkfrequences of the National park are less than in the surroundings. Lutra lutra are quite common together with ermines (Mustela erminea), small veasels ( M. nivalis) and martens (Martes martes). The capercaille (Tetrao urogallus) has a stronger fortress in these primeval forests than elsewhere in Lapland. The birdfauna is generally rich of species and more than hundreds of species are breeding in the area. Especially the rare and shy species like Cygnus cygnus, Anser fabilis, Mergus albellus and Anas acuta. The goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is for the lakes a characterised specie and Tringa glaerola for the bogs. Of the other less usual waders counts Limicola falcinellus and Lymnocryptes minimum. Many preybirds like eagles, Pandion haliaetus, Accipiter gentilis, Circus cyaneus, and owls like for example Asio flammeus. More than hundreds of birds are breeding.Species Gulo gulo is located both in boreal and alpine region.

4.2 Quality and importance

Muddus National park preserves a genuine wilderness with wide areas of extensive virgin qualities in western taiga contributed wit giant pines and burning successions, precipitous ravines and interesting flora such as a number of orchids and a complex of wetland covering half of the area featuring important bird breeding sites.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.4 Ownership (optional)

No information provided

4.5 Documentation (optional)

Sveriges Nationalparker, 1984, Statens Naturvårdsverk, StockholmLöfgren, R. , 1986, Urskogar. Inventering av urskogsartade områden i Sverige Del 5 Fjällregionen . SNV PM 1511. Statens Naturvårdsverk, StockholmFjällplaneringen. SNV 1986


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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level (optional):

Code Cover [%]

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites (optional):

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
eurodiplomaMuddus National Park=100.00

5.3 Site designation (optional)

No information provided


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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Länsstyrelsen i Norrbottens län

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes Name: Muddus

No, but in preparation

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)

No information provided



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