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Location Denmark, Ribe Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 42.00' East  55o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C2, C4
Area 6,660 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description Marshland enclosed behind dykes, with several larger streams and canals.

Key Biodiversity More than 20,000 waterbirds occur on passage, Pluvialis apricaria being the most numerous. Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site, including Circus aeruginosus, C. pygargus, Recurvirostra avosetta, Philomachus pugnax, Asio flammeus and Luscinia svevica.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1994  300 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B3, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1994  20,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1994  20,000-49,999 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 2400 2400 individuals 100 favourable
Ciconia ciconia White Stork 1 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Crex crex Corncrake 5 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Larus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull 2 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 9 3 breeding pairs 34 very unfavourable
Luscinia svecica Bluethroat 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 150,482 protected area contains site 6,660  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  90%
Unknown   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
unknown 10%

Protection status National Low International High6,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ribe Holme and meadows by Ribe å and Kongeåen, 6,600 ha). 6,660 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vadehavet (Wadden Sea), 140,830 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ribe Holme and meadows at Kongeåen. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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