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Location Denmark, Viborg Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 47.00' East  57o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2
Area 460 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A partly drained fjord area with lakes, lagoons, coastal meadows, saltwater and freshwater marshes, and an associated dyke and dam network.

Key Biodiversity Important staging area for Cygnus cygnus and C. columbianus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1994  361 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1994  316 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 4120 4120 individuals 100 favourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Eudromias morinellus Eurasian Dotterel 54 54 individuals 100 favourable

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 460  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  45%
Coastline Salt marshes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 45%
nature conservation and research 55%

Protection status National Partial International High460 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lønnerup Fjord, 460 ha). 460 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vejlerne and Løgstør Bredning, 45,280 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lønnerup Fjord. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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