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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.

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)  
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  
Fokstumyra Nature Reserve 750 protected area contained by site 750  


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 on 22/09/2014

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