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Location Iceland, Austur-Skaftafellssýsla
Central coordinates 14o 40.00' West  64o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3
Area 2,700 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)



Site description A brackish coastal lagoon with intertidal mudflats about 30 km north-east of Hornafjardarbær (Höfn) town, south-east Iceland. There are extensive beds of aquatic plants (Ruppia, eel-grass Zostera and algae). The area is surrounded by farms, grasslands and marshes. The marshes are grazed, and there is fishing in the lagoon (nets and traps).

Key Biodiversity Over 3,000 staging waders were recorded here during an aerial survey in May 1990. There has been no regular counting of birds at the site, apart from moulting Cygnus cygnus (annually since 1992).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  2,000-4,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1995  7,000-8,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lónsfjördur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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