|Central coordinates||20o 34.00' West 63o 46.00' North|
|Altitude||5 - 43m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description An extensive marsh/mire, dominated by sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), with lakes and pools, 10 km south of the town of Hella in southern Iceland. It stretches from Thykkvabæjarvatn (with surrounding marshes) to Kringlutjörn and Frakkavatn (with surrounding marshes), and includes Andalækur and the area from Vetleifsholtbugaur to Hrútsvatn. This is the southern and western part of Safamýri, formerly one of the richest Carex-Eriophorum marshes in Iceland before its drainage and the damming of the Thverá and Ytri-Rangá rivers. Pond-weed Potamogeton is abundant in Frakkavatn.
Key Biodiversity A wide variety of wildfowl and waders breed in the area, and Anas penelope moults on Frakkavatn and Andalækur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons||passage||1991||1,000 individuals||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||passage||1989||200 individuals||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|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||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vetleifsholtsbugar-Thykkvabæjarvatn. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014
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