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Location Denmark, Viborg Amtskommune
Central coordinates 9o 0.00' East  57o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 4,870 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description Partially drained fjords with lakes, reedbeds, meadows and saltmarshes.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is an important staging area for Cygnus cygnus, C. columbianus and Anser fabalis (nationally important site). Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site including Botaurus stellaris, Circus aeruginosus, Porzana porzana, Recurvirostra avosetta, Philomachus pugnax, Sterna hirundo, S. paradisaea and Chlidonias niger.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus non-breeding  1994  2,600 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1994  885 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1994  377 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator non-breeding  1994  1,560 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1995  92 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1994  280 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B3, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1994  18,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa breeding  1994  110 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1994  28-40 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1994  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Branta bernicla Brent Goose 85 85 individuals 100 favourable
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck 625 625 individuals 100 favourable
Platalea leucorodia Eurasian Spoonbill 174 174 individuals 100 favourable
Botaurus stellaris Eurasian Bittern 172 96 breeding pairs 56 unfavourable
Falco peregrinus 5 5 individuals 100 favourable
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-harrier 43 38 breeding pairs 89 near favourable
Circus cyaneus 29 29 individuals 100 favourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 73 1 breeding pairs 2 very unfavourable
Grus grus Common Crane 4 4 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 143 143 individuals 100 favourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 420 71 breeding pairs 17 very unfavourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 1366 1366 individuals 100 favourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 420 71 breeding pairs 17 very unfavourable
Eudromias morinellus Eurasian Dotterel 60 54 individuals 90 near favourable
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 197 112 breeding pairs 57 unfavourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 130 48 breeding pairs 37 very unfavourable
Calidris pugnax Ruff 100 7 breeding pairs 8 very unfavourable
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull 15 2 breeding pairs 14 very unfavourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 52 52 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Sterna paradisaea Arctic Tern 132 84 breeding pairs 64 unfavourable
Chlidonias niger Black Tern 100 18 breeding pairs 18 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vejlerne and Loegstoer Bredning Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 41,743 protected area contains site 4,870  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Unknown   5%
Coastline Salt marshes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National Partial International High4,870 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vejlerne and Logstor Bredning, 45,280 ha). 4,870 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Østlige Vejler, 4,870 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Eastern part of Vejlerne. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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