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Location Denmark, Ribe Amtskommune
Central coordinates 8o 24.00' East  55o 26.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 4,370 ha
Altitude 0 - 21m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description An island in the Wadden Sea surrounded by saltmarshes and mud and sandflats. Terrestrial vegetation mainly comprises various heathland and dune communities and Pinus plantations.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1994  2,960 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1994  8,100 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna passage  1994  7,600 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Haematopus ostralegus passage  1994  16,400 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola passage  1994  2,872 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1994  16,700 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1994  7,575 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Sanderling Calidris alba passage  1994  2,199 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina passage  1994  88,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1994  65-75 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1994  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fanø - DK00AX053 Birds Directive 4,439 protected area overlaps with site 4,077  
Vadehavet National Park 146,600 protected area contains site 4,370  
Vadehavet - DK00AY057 Birds Directive 115,671 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 150,482 protected area contains site 4,370  
Vadehavet med Ribe Å, Tved Å og Varde Å vest for Varde - DK00AY176 Habitats Directive 134,732 protected area contains site 4,370  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  35%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  50%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Low International High4,370 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Fanø, 4,370 ha). 4,370 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vadehavet (Wadden Sea), 140,830 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fanø. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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