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Location Norway, Oppland,Sør-Trøndelag
Central coordinates 9o 27.00' East  62o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 50,000 ha
Altitude 900 - 2,290m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description Dovrefjell is the only boreal montane ecosystem in Norway which is still relatively intact and unaffected by man's activities. It is a typical boreal montane area, with broad marshy valleys and forest of birch Betula. The National Park is a major recreation area. A railway and a road pass through the Landscape Protection Area.

Key Biodiversity A notable breeding site for several species of wader, duck and raptor.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1989  400 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Åmotan-Grøvudalen Protected Landscape 15,438 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Åmotsdalen Protected Landscape 1,340 protected area contained by site 0  
Bjørndalen Nature Reserve 202 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Dovre National Park 28,974 protected area contained by site 0  
Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park 169,859 protected area contained by site 25,580  
Drivdalen-Kongsvoll-Hjerkinn Landscape Protected Area 6,600 protected area contained by site 6,600  
Einunndalsranden Nature Reserve 20 protected area contained by site 0  
Flåman Nature Reserve 2,912 protected area contained by site 0  
Fokstugu Protected Landscape 7,864 protected area contained by site 0  
Fokstumyra Nature Reserve 750 protected area contained by site 750  
Grimsdalen Protected Landscape 12,252 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Haukskardmyrin Nature Reserve 111 protected area contained by site 0  
Hjerkinnholen Nature Reserve 170 protected area contained by site 0  
Jora Protected Landscape 4,970 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Kattuglehøi Nature Reserve 23 protected area contained by site 0  
Knutshø Protected Landscape 90,810 protected area contained by site 0  
Meløyfloen Nature Reserve 510 protected area contained by site 0  
Nordre Snøfjelltjørn Nature Reserve 311 protected area contained by site 0  
Rondane National Park 96,535 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Torbudalen Wildlife Conservation Area 9,435 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Vesle Hjerkinn Protected Landscape 1,282 protected area contained by site 0  
Veslehjerkinntjønnin Nature Reserve 203 protected area contained by site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  major
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
military -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None25,580 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Dovrefjell, 25,580 ha). 750 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Fokstumyra, 750 ha). 6,600 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Drivdalen-Kongsvoll-Hjerkinn, 6,600 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dovrefjell. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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