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Location Denmark, Viborg Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 37.00' East  57o 7.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2, C3, C6
Area 5,110 ha
Altitude 0 - 44m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description An extensive coastal heath with sand hills, moorland and a number of large and small oligotrophic (nutrient-poor) lakes. There are also plantations and scattered habitation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis non-breeding  1994  1,050 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  1993  430 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1994  34-44 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hanstholm Reservatet - DK00EX022 Birds Directive 5,115 protected area contains site 5,110  
Hanstholm Reserve Major Conservation Area 4,800 protected area contained by site 4,800  
Hanstholmreservatet, Nors Sø og Vandet Sø - DK00EX130 Habitats Directive 5,738 protected area contains site 5,110  
Thy National Park 24,400 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  50%
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  10%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
forestry 10%

Protection status National High International High5,110 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hanstholm reservatet, 5,110 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hanstholm Reservation. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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