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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 29o 35.00' East  69o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i
Area 1,200 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description The estuaries of the Neidenelva and Munkelva rivers. The Neidenelva river is broad and calm, and the estuary has high terraces and numerous sandbanks. Munkefjorden is a shallow bay (mostly <10 m deep), lying south of the Neiden estuary. Huge intertidal flats are exposed at low tide. Other habitats include coastal meadows, saltmarshes and farms.

Key Biodiversity Several species of seaduck sometimes occur in large concentrations, e.g. Clangula hyemalis (max. 4,000 in spring) and Mergus merganser (max. 2,000 in August). In spring there are high numbers of staging waders, especially Limosa lapponica (max. 500) and Calidris canutus (max. 2,500), and about 200 Calidris maritima winter in the area. The area supports one of the largest concentrations of divers in Norway, especially during spring, with up to 100 Gavia stellata and up to 400 Gavia arctica.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis non-breeding  2010-2013  200-1,050 individuals  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator non-breeding  2013  1,100 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser non-breeding  2013  3,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Neiden and Munkefjord Nature Reserve 1,180 is identical to site 1,180  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National High International None1,180 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Neiden and Munkefjord, 1,180 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Neiden- & Munkefjord. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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