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Location Denmark, Ribe Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 15.00' East  55o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C4, C6
Area 2,240 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description The site encompasses beaches, dunes, moors and extensive saltmarshes, as well as smaller areas of intertidal sand and mudflats.

Key Biodiversity Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site, including Recurvirostra avosetta, Sterna sandvicensis, S. hirundo, S. paradisaea and S. albifrons. Data on breeding birds are not available for Skallingen.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica non-breeding  1994  1,800 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Near Threatened 
Mew Gull Larus canus breeding  1996  1,168 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  1996  1,096 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1994  20 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Anas acuta Northern Pintail 1613 51 individuals 4 very unfavourable
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 336 7 individuals 3 very unfavourable
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose 3955 1800 individuals 46 unfavourable
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 120 120 individuals 100 favourable
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 2466 1450 individuals 59 unfavourable
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck 2365 400 individuals 17 very unfavourable
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon 800 570 individuals 72 near favourable
Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 94 94 individuals 100 favourable
Anas crecca Common Teal 2560 800 individuals 32 very unfavourable
Somateria mollissima Common Eider 43381 6000 individuals 14 very unfavourable
Haematopus ostralegus 8864 4040 individuals 46 unfavourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 1301 40 individuals 4 very unfavourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 5000 2500 individuals 50 unfavourable
Pluvialis squatarola Grey Plover 959 50 individuals 6 very unfavourable
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 1740 1740 individuals 100 favourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 1301 1301 individuals 100 favourable
Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank 633 550 individuals 87 near favourable
Calidris canutus Red Knot 3000 3000 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris alba Sanderling 600 600 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 16954 3000 individuals 18 very unfavourable
Calidris pugnax Ruff 75 2 breeding pairs 3 very unfavourable
Larus argentatus 10472 7100 individuals 68 unfavourable
Sterna nilotica 7 1 breeding pairs 15 very unfavourable
Larus marinus Great Black-backed Gull 679 275 individuals 41 unfavourable
Larus ridibundus Black-headed Gull 14810 500 individuals 4 very unfavourable
Larus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull 1 1 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 2,240  
Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 150,482 protected area contains site 115,850  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Partial International High2,240 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Skallingen og Langli, 2,240 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Skallingen and Langli. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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