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Location Denmark, Århus Amtskommune
Central coordinates 10o 40.00' East  55o 54.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4
Area 15,450 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima winter  1989  51,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Melanitta nigra winter  1989  15,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo non-breeding  1994  4,800 individuals  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1994  2,100 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus breeding  1994  390 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1989  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Cygnus olor Mute Swan 690 178 individuals 26 very unfavourable
Melanitta fusca 3500 155 individuals 5 very unfavourable
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-harrier 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Sternula albifrons Little Tern 10 2 breeding pairs 20 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Stavns Fjord & omgivende hav Game Reserve 15,177 protected area contained by site 15,177  
Stavns Fjord and adjacent waters Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 15,450 is identical to site 15,450  
Stavnsfjord Major Conservation Area 16,320 protected area contains site 15,450  
Stavnsfjord and adjacent waters Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 15,695 protected area overlaps with site 15,294  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   95%
Wetlands (inland)   5%

Land use

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

Protection status National 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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stavnsfjord and adjacent waters. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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