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Location Denmark, Ringkøbing Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 41.00' East  55o 55.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 4,760 ha
Altitude 6 - 27m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A very large heathland with streams, bogs and conifer plantations.

Key Biodiversity One of the most important areas for heathland birds in Denmark, holding significant numbers of Tringa glareola and other scarce heathland species. Tetrao tetrix used to breed at the site but went extinct during the 1980s. Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site, including Botaurus stellaris, Pernis apivorus, Circus aeruginosus, C. cyaneus, Pluvialis apricaria, Tringa glareola, Asio flammeus, Alcedo atthis and Lanius collurio.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1994  5-7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 2 1 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper 7 2 breeding pairs 29 very unfavourable
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike 21 6 breeding pairs 29 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Borris Skydeterræn Protected by Conservation Order 1,769 protected area contained by site 1,830  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  55%
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs  25%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military 100%
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 40%

Protection status National Partial International High4,760 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Borris Hede, 4,760 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Borris Hede. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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