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The drying of peatlands is reducing bird diversity


A recent international study indicates that the populations of peatland birds in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Latvia have decreased by a third during the past three decades.

Finnish up­date adds 22 mil­lion oc­cur­rence re­cords, sur­passes pre-li­cens­ing totals


Finland becomes third-largest country publisher for 2017, returns to top ten all-time.

Fishy Cartoons by Seppo Leinonen until 15.10.


Cartoons by Seppo Leinonen in the Natural History Museum in Helsinki until 15.10.2017 – Now you can also buy Seppo´s pictures!

The Ii Hamina cemetery reveals adaptation to the environment


The medieval cemetery in Ii Hamina in northern Finland on the Iijoki river was originally discovered by accident. A recent study examined the isotope compositions of the teeth of the dead.

Invitation: Finnish Biodiversity Information for the Benefit of Society – -seminar


Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility, FinBIF ( /, kindly invites you to attend to the national biodiversity information seminar on September 28, 2017.

Chronological methods reveal connection between population and the advance of farming


A recently published study indicates that unlike the rest of Europe, Finland was slow to adopt farming. This has been established through chronological methods and pollen analyses, as well as by comparing the results with previous estimates of the size of the human population.

Nature conservation must be increased due to climate and habitat changes


Two recent doctoral dissertations studied the impacts of climate change and changes to the quality of habitats on Finnish birds. The results indicate that the situation of nearly all bird populations in the studies had declined.

Save the date to learn how FinBIF meets GBIF 28.9.


Learn how open access biodiversity data facilitates cutting edge research, streamlines governance and supports education. The national significance of Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility will be reflected within a global context.

Wetland rehabilitation helps dwindling waterbird populations


The degradation of wetlands has led to drops in the size of many waterbird populations – even in Finland, the land of a thousand lakes. A recent study proves that measures that reduce overgrowth in the wetlands are a much-needed help to increasingly rare waterbirds.

Radiocarbon reveals biofuel hoax


Radiocarbon Analytics Finland has used radiocarbon analysis to determine that a fuel sample contained 2.7% biologically derived compounds as opposed to the 80% claimed by the retailer.