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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 24o 40.00' East  70o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B3
Area 50,290 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description An area of huge mudflats, grassy shorelines, saltmarshes, mires and birch Betula forest, close to Stabbursneset headland. Heathland dominates on the islands. There is some traditional egg-collecting by local inhabitants, and harvesting of cloudberries Rubus chamaemorus on the islands. Goose hunting takes place, mainly of Anser fabalis. The area includes `Stabbursneset', a site (the former NO010) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity Valdakmyra is an important staging ground for almost the entire Norwegian breeding population of Anser erythropus, both in spring (May-June) and autumn (July-September), the species having declined dramatically in Fennoscandia since the 1940s. The huge flocks of staging Calidris canutus in late May are a spectacular sight, foraging on the sandbanks exposed at low tide before continuing their migration to Greenland and northern Canada. Some of these birds are the same as those staging at Sørkjosen (IBA 017) in Troms. Wildfowl and other waders, both breeding in the area or on migration, are also numerous in spring, e.g. Limosa lapponica (up to several hundred on passage). Good numbers of Somateria mollissima (10,000) and Melanitta nigra (3,000) gather to moult offshore after the breeding season. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1-2 pairs breed elsewhere but forage in the area in spring and summer).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  2004-2013  60-80 individuals  good  A1, B1i  Vulnerable 
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca passage  2004-2013  200-300 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  2004-2013  2,500-5,000 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, B3  Near Threatened 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis passage  2005-2014  500-1,000 individuals  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator non-breeding  2004-2013  1,000-4,000 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  2004-2013  1,000-3,000 individuals  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  2004-2013  25,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima winter  2004-2013  500-1,500 individuals  medium  B1i, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Børselvosen Nature Reserve 356 protected area contained by site 0  
Reinøya Nature Reserve 1,277 protected area contained by site 0  
Roddines Nature Reserve 153 protected area contained by site 0  
Stabbursneset Nature Reserve 1,620 protected area contained by site 1,620  
Stabbursneset Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,620 protected area contained by site 1,620  
Vækker/Väkkärä Nature Reserve 62 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
other -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,620 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Stabbursneset, 1,620 ha). 1,620 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stabbursneset, 1,620 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Inner Porsangerfjord. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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