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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.

Key Biodiversity More than 20,000 non-breeding waterbirds occur at the site, including Anas penelope, A. acuta and Calidris alpina. Numbers of breeding meadow birds have decreased as a result of the intensification of farming practices. Circus aeruginosus, C. cyaneus, C. pygargus, Recurvirostra avosetta and Luscinia svecica, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.

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  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1994  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-harrier 6 1 breeding pairs 17 very unfavourable
Crex crex Corncrake 6 3 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable
Luscinia svecica Bluethroat 20 20 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vadehavet Wildlife Reserve 83,000 protected area contains site 2,700  
Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 150,482 protected area contains site 2,700  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ho Bugt meadows. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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