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Location Denmark, Vejle Amtskommune
Central coordinates 10o 10.00' East  55o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4
Area 42,880 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description An extensive shallow sea area with three large islands (Alvrø, Hjarnø and Endelave), supporting coastal saltmarshes, lagoons, cultivated land and scattered habitation. Several smaller uninhabited islets as well as intertidal areas are included within the IBA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Scaup Aythya marila winter  1993  2,469 individuals  B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima winter  1993  22,150 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1996  4,320 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1993  1,600 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1993  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gersdorffslund Protected by Conservation Order 77 protected area contained by site 77  
Horsens Fjord and Endelave Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 42,580 protected area contained by site 42,580  
Horsens Fjord og Endelave - DK00DY036 Birds Directive 42,560 protected area contained by site 42,560  
Horsens Fjord, havet øst for og Endelave - DK00DY156 Habitats Directive 45,823 protected area contains site 42,880  
Horsens Fjord, Svanegrunden & Endelave Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 45,932 protected area overlaps with site 42,566  
Horsens Fjord, Svanegrunden & Endelave Major Conservation Area 42,500 protected area contained by site 42,500  
Horskær Gyllingnæs Protected by Conservation Order 18 protected area contained by site 18  
Ovre Endelave Protected by Conservation Order 168 protected area contained by site 168  
Sondrup-Åkjær Protected by Conservation Order 1,520 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sovind Sondrup Protected by Conservation Order 600 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
unknown 95%

Protection status National Low International High42,880 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Horsens Fjord and Endelave, 43,200 ha). 42,880 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Horsens Fjord and Endelave, 42,880 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Horsens Fjord, Svanegrunden & Endelave. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/04/2014

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