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Location Denmark, Vestsjællands Amtskommune
Central coordinates 11o 50.00' East  55o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1iv, C3, C4, C5
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A sea area connecting Isefjorden with Kattegat, and the mouth of a shallow fjord with beaches, sand-dunes, saltmarsh, heathland, clay cliffs, agriculture and urban areas. Terrestrial habitats cover just 2.5% of the IBA.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for wintering waterbirds (more than 20,000 individuals), especially for Somateria mollissima, and other waterbirds in cold winters when the remainder of the Isefjord is frozen over. This is also a significant bottleneck site for migrating raptors, particularly in spring (12,090 in total in spring 1996). High numbers of passerines, especially finches Fringilla, occur on passage. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (max. 8, passage). Dryocopus maritus and Lanius collurio, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima winter  1991  2,610 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1996  12,090 individuals  B1iv, C5   

IBA Monitoring

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

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Havet mellem Korshage og Hundested - DK005Y102 Birds Directive 3,990 protected area contained by site 3,990  
Havet og kysten mellem Hundested og Rørvig - DK005Y220 Habitats Directive 4,004 protected area contains site 4,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Low International High4,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sea area between Korshage and Hundested, 4,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Korshage, Hundested and surrounding sea area. Downloaded from on 21/04/2015

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