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Location Denmark, Ringkøbing Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 15.00' East  56o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4
Area 7,280 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A narrow peninsula with shallow fjord areas containing shoals and banks with an intertidal zone, saltmarsh and some brackish lagoons. There are grazing-meadows on the landward side and cultivated areas with scattered habitation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus non-breeding  1989  3,630 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla non-breeding  1994  656 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1988  59-143 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Agger Tange - DK00EX023 Birds Directive 5,453 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Agger Tange, Nissum Bredning, Skibsted Fjord og Agerø - DK00EY133 Habitats Directive 25,583 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Harbooere Tange Major Conservation Area 2,400 protected area contained by site 2,400  
Harboøre Tange, Plet Enge og Gjeller Sø - DK00CY039 Birds Directive 7,280 is identical to site 7,280  
Nissum Bredning - DK00CX028 Birds Directive 13,562 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Nissum Bredning with Harboore and Agger Tange Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 12,772 protected area contains site 7,280  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  5%
Coastline Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
unknown 85%

Protection status National Partial International High7,280 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Harboøre and Agger Tange, 12,772 ha). 5,110 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hanstholm-reservatet, 5,110 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Harboøre Tange, Plet Enge & Gjeller Sø. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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