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Location Denmark
Central coordinates 11o 25.00' East  55o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C3, C4
Area 162,500 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description A large, very shallow bay with stone reefs, numerous islands and several inlets along the coast.

Key Biodiversity The area is of high importance for wintering waterbirds, with tens of thousands of birds regularly wintering at the site, including over 8% of the north-west European population of Cygnus olor.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mute Swan Cygnus olor winter  1993  15,445 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula winter  1993  16,880 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula winter  1993  4,575 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator winter  1993  3,695 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  1993  2,410 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica winter  1993  250-999 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata winter  1993  2,000-3,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra winter  1993  18,605 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fejoe and Femoe Isles (waters south-east of) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 41,680 protected area overlaps with site 29,216  
Guldborg Sund Game Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Karrebaek, Dybsoe and Avnoe Fjords Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 19,200 protected area overlaps with site 13,075  
Karrebaeksminde Game Reserve 0 unknown 0  
Karrebæk, Dybsø and Avnø Fjords Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 18,860 protected area overlaps with site 13,848  
Nakskov Fjord National Nature Area 12,500 unknown 0  
Nakskov Fjord and Inner Fjord Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 8,552 protected area overlaps with site 7,810  
Smälandsfarvandet National Nature Area 52,500 unknown 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Partial International High29,216 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Fejø and Femø Isles (waters south-east of), 32,640 ha). 13,848 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Karrebæk, Dybsø and Avno Fjords, 19,200 ha). 7,810 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Nakskov Fjord and Inner Fjord, 8,960 ha). 13,075 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Skælskør Nor and Glænø (waters south of), 17,120 ha). 2,080 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Guldborgsung, 2,820 ha). 13,848 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Karrebæk, Dybsø and Avnø Fjords, 18,860 ha). 7,810 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Nakskov Fjord and Indrefjord, 8,550 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (Sea area between Skælskør Fjord and Glænø, 15,960 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (Skælskør Nor, Skælskør Fjord and Gammelsø, 2,530 ha). 29,216 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Smålandshavet north of Lolland, 41,680 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Smålandsfarvandet [part of]. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2014

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