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Location Denmark, Fyns Amtskommune
Central coordinates 10o 20.00' East  55o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 38,440 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A shallow archipelagic area of sea with shoals and many, generally uninhabited islands, with saltmarsh, reedbeds and small lakes. There is scattered habitation and cultivation on a few islands.

Key Biodiversity This is an important staging area for many waterbirds (more than 20,000 waterbirds in total), although recent numbers are lower than in 1983, with the exception of Mergus serrator which has increased. Fluctuations may largely be the result of variability in winter harshness. Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site, including Botaurus stellaris, Circus aeruginosus, Recurvirostra avosetta, Sterna sandvicensis, S. paradisaea and S. albifrons.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla non-breeding  1994  4,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1996  600 individuals  good  B1i, B3, C2  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula non-breeding  1994  13,100-20,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima non-breeding  1994  15,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula non-breeding  1994  3,050 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator non-breeding  1994  1,500-4,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra non-breeding  1994  15,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1996  170-180 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Mew Gull Larus canus breeding  1996  1,750 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  1996  350 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1994  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

IBA Monitoring

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

Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose 358 358 individuals 100 favourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 4 3 breeding pairs 75 near favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 11 1 breeding pairs 10 very unfavourable
Calidris pugnax Ruff 43 0 nests 0 very unfavourable
Larus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 57 2 breeding pairs 4 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
South Funen Archipelago Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 38,440 protected area overlaps with site 38,440  
Sydfynske Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 45,125 protected area overlaps with site 37,949  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Salt marshes  5%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  85%
Unknown   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
hunting 50%
nature conservation and research 10%

Protection status National Partial International High38,440 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sydfynske Øhav, 38,440 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sydfynske Ø-hav. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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