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Location Denmark, Ribe Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 19.00' East  55o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C4
Area 2,700 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description Saltmarshes around Ho Bugt and freshwater-meadows along the River Varde å (the largest river system in western Jutland which has not been canalized). The meadows are intensively farmed with high fertilizer input and frequent harvesting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  1994  2,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1994  1,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1994  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alslev Ådal - DK00AX291 Habitats Directive 457 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Engarealer ved Ho Bugt - DK00AX049 Birds Directive 2,711 protected area overlaps with site 2,486  
Vadehavet National Park 146,600 protected area contains site 2,700  
Vadehavet Wildlife Reserve 83,000 protected area contains site 2,700  
Vadehavet - DK00AY057 Birds Directive 115,671 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 150,482 protected area contains site 2,700  
Vadehavet med Ribe Å, Tved Å og Varde Å vest for Varde - DK00AY176 Habitats Directive 134,732 protected area overlaps with site 2,546  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  50%
Coastline Salt marshes  30%
Unknown   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National High International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ho Bugt meadows. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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