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Location Denmark, Fyns Amtskommune
Central coordinates 10o 13.00' East  55o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 13,060 ha
Altitude 0 - 24m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description A shallow sea area with islands and islets holding saltmarsh, and drained and cultivated areas with scattered habitation. Æbelø also supports smaller areas of woodland including some highly valuable old-growth Fagus-dominated forests with other species admixed (Quercus robur, Tilia cordata, Tilia platyphyllus (only site in Denmark), and Ilex aquifolium).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1994  2,723 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Birds Directive 13,107 protected area contains site 13,060  
Habitats Directive 11,283 protected area contained by site 11,283  
N Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 13,177 protected area overlaps with site 12,868  
Naeraa Coast and Aebeloe area Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 13,060 protected area contains site 13,060  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  5%
Coastline Salt marshes  5%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  75%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
unknown 30%

Protection status National None International High13,060 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Nærå coast and Æbelø area, 13,800 ha). 13,060 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Æbelø and the coast near Nærå, 13,060 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nærå Coast and Æbelø area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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