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Location Iceland, Rangárvallasýsla
Central coordinates 20o 30.00' West  63o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 800 ha
Altitude 10 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A shallow freshwater lake, pools and extensive marshes/mires of sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), 14 km south of the town of Hella in southern Iceland. Grazing in the marshes is considerable.

Key Biodiversity The lake is important for staging waterbirds. Breeding birds include Gavia stellata, Cygnus cygnus, Anas acuta and several other duck species, Limosa limosa and Numenius phaeopus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  900 individuals  B1i  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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

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