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The Lauhanvuori-Hämeenkangas Aspiring Geopark is a very important nature area, with its rare habitat types and threatened species. 

The area’s most important habitat types to be given priority in protection include raised bogs, forested mires and natural forests as well as sunny, dry esker habitats and spring-fed mires.

The area provides habitats for many threatened species. Some of the species being given special protection in the area are the greater tussock sedge (Carex paniculata), blushing peat moss (Sphagnum molle), black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) and the Caryocolum schleichi moth. Both southern and northern species thrive in the area on the edge of their normal range, and the importance of the area as a habitat for declining species is further emphasised with the onset of climate change.

Photo of white flowers

Sand pink is vital to the survival of the Caryocolum schleichi moth.

The area has received two international distinctions for its nature: The Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park was named a Ramsar site in 2004, and Isojoki is a UNESCO Project Aqua site.

Lauhanvuori was also chosen as a Finnish forest reindeer reintroduction site, with an approximately 30 ha on-site enclosure. Calves have been born in the enclosure over the past two springs and there are plans to release them into the wild.

Photo of forest reindeer

The Finnish forest reindeer population has recovered nicely in the Lauhavuori on-site enclosure.