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Location Norway, Oppland,Sør-Trøndelag
Central coordinates 9o 27.00' East  62o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, B1i, B2
Area 363,130 ha
Altitude 900 - 2,290m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

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
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra breeding  2004-2013  25-60 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca breeding  2004-2013  25-60 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila breeding  2004-2013  10-40 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  2004-2013  25-60 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus resident  2013  frequent  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus breeding  2013  common  A3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  2014  max 10 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  2014  common  A3  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  2013  400-600 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii breeding  2013  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima breeding  2005-2014  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina breeding  2005-2014  common  A3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  2004-2013  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus breeding  2013  present  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula breeding  2005-2014  max 10 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus breeding  2005-2014  < 50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus breeding  2013  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis breeding  2013  common  A3  Least Concern 

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 1,799 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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dovrefjell. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2015

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