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Location Iceland, Rangárvallasýsla
Central coordinates 20o 27.00' West  63o 46.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 13 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A complex of freshwater rivers, streams, pools and extensive riparian marshes/mires, c.7 km south of the town of Hella. The area extends from Langanes on the east side of the Eystri-Rangá river (including Lambhagavatn lake and surrounding marshes), along the Eystri-Rangá, Thverá and Ytri-Rangá rivers, to Selalækur farm. The marshes are dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum). The main land-use is non-intensive grazing.

Key Biodiversity The area is particularly important for waterbirds staging in spring, including Pluvialis apricaria (hundreds) and Limosa limosa (730 in 1990). A wide variety of wildfowl, waders and other waterbirds breed in the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1990  900 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Oddaflod Nature Reserve 583 protected area contained by site 540  


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

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International None540 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Oddaflód, 540 ha).

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

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