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Horsens Fjord, Svanegrunden & Endelave
Denmark, Vejle Amtskommune
10o 10.00' East 55o 51.00' North
A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4
0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment
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.
Key Biodiversity The site holds a large breeding colony of Phalacrocorax carbo and high numbers of wintering Aythya marila and Somateria mollissima. Breeding data are incomplete since numbers were not available for Alrø, Søby Rev and Svanegrunden islands. Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site, including Circus aeruginosus, Recurvirostra avosetta, Sterna sandvicensis, S. paradisaea and S. albifrons.
Protection statusNational 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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