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Location Denmark, Sønderjyllands Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 32.00' East  55o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4
Area 7,010 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description Rømø is an island in the Wadden Sea, surrounded by extensive stretches (1-3 km wide) of flat, very sparsely vegetated sand just above the high tide line. Terrestrial vegetation consists of dunes, heathland, marshes, meadows and small plantations, mainly of Pinus mugo.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1983  5,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1983  6,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope passage  1983  28,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata passage  1983  2,000 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca passage  1983  11,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus passage  1983  13,800 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus breeding  1996  128 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  1983  2,200 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1983  5,400 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina passage  1983  32,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1983  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rømø - DK009X065 Birds Directive 6,964 is identical to site 6,728  
Vadehavet National Park 164,400 protected area contains site 7,010  
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 7,010  
Vadehavet med Ribe Å, Tved Å og Varde Å vest for Varde - DK00AY176 Habitats Directive 134,732 protected area contains site 7,010  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  15%
Grassland Humid grasslands  20%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  55%
Unknown   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Partial International High7,010 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Rømø, 7,010 ha). 7,010 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vadehavet (Wadden Sea), 140,830 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rømø. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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