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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.

Key Biodiversity Probably the most important breeding area in Denmark for heathland birds and the most important breeding site nationally for Circus aeruginosus, Grus grus, Pluvialis apricaria and Tringa glareola, all listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive.

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 

IBA Monitoring

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

Anser anser Greylag Goose 2200 2200 individuals 100 favourable
Podiceps auritus Horned Grebe 7 5 individuals 72 near favourable
Botaurus stellaris Eurasian Bittern 1 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hanstholm Reserve Major Conservation Area 4,800 protected area contained by site 4,800  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hanstholm Reservation. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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