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Location Denmark, Ringkøbing Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 30.00' East  56o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Area 3,850 ha
Altitude 1 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description A large river valley with meadows, marshes, moorland and cultivated areas. The Skjern å river has been canalized and has the highest rate of flow of any in Denmark.

Key Biodiversity This is an important staging area for Cygnus columbianus. No quantitative data are available and recent data are incomplete. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus non-breeding  700 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Anas acuta Northern Pintail 889 620 individuals 70 near favourable
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 10000 8500 individuals 85 near favourable
Platalea leucorodia Eurasian Spoonbill 72 72 individuals 100 favourable
Botaurus stellaris Eurasian Bittern 4 4 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Falco peregrinus 2 2 individuals 100 favourable
Circus cyaneus 11 11 individuals 100 favourable
Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed Sea-eagle 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 85 85 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Borris Hede - DK00CX037 Habitats Directive 4,750 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Borris Hede - DK00CX282 Birds Directive 4,758 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Ringkøbing Fjord - DK00CX043 Birds Directive 28,459 protected area overlaps with site 1,799  
Ringkøbing Fjord og Nymindestrømmen - DK00CY163 Habitats Directive 27,684 protected area overlaps with site 741  
Skjern Å - DK00CX162 Habitats Directive 2,580 protected area overlaps with site 2,109  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  50%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  45%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Skjern Å. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2014

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