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Location Denmark, Vestsjællands Amtskommune
Central coordinates 11o 40.00' East  55o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 240 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A dyked lagoon with reedbeds, surrounded by conifer plantations, mixed deciduous scrub, grazed meadows and fields.

Key Biodiversity This small area also holds high densities of staging ducks. Circus aeruginosus, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breeds at the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1994  600 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser non-breeding  2,400 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1994  882 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 483 483 individuals 100 favourable
Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan 168 41 individuals 25 very unfavourable
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant 1784 1083 breeding pairs 61 unfavourable


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  40%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
nature conservation and research 70%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National Partial International High240 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hovvig, 240 ha).

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

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