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Location Greenland (to Denmark), North and North-east Greenland National Park
Central coordinates 22o 0.00' West  73o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 90,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A series of converging, wide glacial valleys in otherwise mountainous terrain, containing fjords, seasonal stream channels and water-bodies, and tundra vegetation overlying thick glacial deposits. Moskusoksefjord and Loch Fyne are long, narrow sea inlets that continue inland as valleys. The site includes Ternholme˜a flat, low-lying island located 2.5 km offshore from Myggbukta. This area includes two sites that were treated as separate IBAs in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): `Myggbukta' (former site GL001) and `Stordal-Moskusoksefjord-Badlanddal-Loch Fyne' (former site GL004).

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding waders, ducks and Stercorarius longicaudus, and moulting geese.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus passage  1973  200 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis non-breeding  1988  440 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  1979  100 breeding pairs  B1i  Near Threatened 
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus breeding  1989  present  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Greenland National Park 97,200,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  
North-East Greenland UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 97,200,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status National Partial International PartialIBA overlaps with National Park (North and North-east Greenland). IBA overlaps with Biosphere Reserve (North and North-east Greenland National Park).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stordal-Moskusoksefjord-Badlanddal-Loch Fyne-Myggbukta. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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