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Ho Bugt meadows
Denmark, Ribe Amtskommune
8o 19.00' East 55o 36.00' North
A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C4
0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment
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.