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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.

Key Biodiversity Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive bred at the site in 1988, including Circus aeruginosus, Recurvirostra avosetta, Philomachus pugnax, Sterna paradisaea, S. albifrons and Asio flammeus, but no recent data are available on breeding birds.

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   

IBA Monitoring

2010 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Anas acuta Northern Pintail 1300 255 individuals 20 very unfavourable
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose 3200 3200 individuals 100 favourable
Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan 1918 170 individuals 9 very unfavourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 100 4 breeding pairs 4 very unfavourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 50 12 breeding pairs 24 very unfavourable
Sterna paradisaea Arctic Tern 55 1 breeding pairs 2 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Harbooere Tange Major Conservation Area 2,400 protected area contained by site 2,400  
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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Harboøre Tange, Plet Enge & Gjeller Sø. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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