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Location Denmark, Ringkøbing Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 9.00' East  56o 11.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 6,910 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A shallow partially reclaimed fjord area with reedbeds, meadows and agricultural areas.

Key Biodiversity In 1983, internationally important numbers of six waterbirds visited the site. Currently the site is an important staging area for Cygnus columbianus and Anser brachyrhyncus and in some years almost 20,000 individuals of these species have been recorded. Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site, including Botaurus stellaris, Circus aeruginosus and Chlidonias niger. Breeding bird data from Vest Stadil Fjord are unavailable.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus non-breeding  1995  11,100 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus non-breeding  1995  1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  1995  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Anser anser Greylag Goose 4895 4895 individuals 100 favourable
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose 15000 15000 individuals 100 favourable
Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 300 105 individuals 35 very unfavourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 79 7 breeding pairs 9 very unfavourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 12338 12338 individuals 100 favourable
Eudromias morinellus Eurasian Dotterel 87 65 individuals 75 near favourable
Chlidonias niger Black Tern 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Luscinia svecica Bluethroat 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Stadil and Veststadil Fjords Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,913 protected area contains site 6,910  
Veststadil Fjord and Husby Klit Major Conservation Area 1,465 protected area contained by site 1,465  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  45%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 45%
unknown 55%

Protection status National Partial International High6,910 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stadil and Veststadil Fjords, 7,184 ha). 6,910 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Stadil and West Stadil Fjords, 6,910 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stadil Fjord and Veststadil Fjord. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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