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Stavnsfjord and adjacent waters
Denmark, Århus Amtskommune
10o 40.00' East 55o 54.00' North
A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4
0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment
Dansk Ornitologisk Forening
Site description The IBA encompasses a group of largely uninhabited islands and surrounding shallow waters. The vegetation on the islands includes saltmarshes, heathland and various grassland types, with some cultivation on a few islands. The sea area surrounding the islands is regarded as a scientific reference area as it is almost unaffected by nutrient pollution.
Key Biodiversity The site supports a large colony of Phalacrocorax carbo and high numbers of wintering Somateria mollissima. Recurvirostra avosetta, Sterna sandvicensis, S. paradisaea and S. albifrons, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.
Protection statusNational High International Low580 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Stavns Fjord, 15,450 ha). 580 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stavns Fjord and adjacent waters, 16,320 ha).
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