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Location Iceland, Árnessýsla
Central coordinates 21o 7.00' West  63o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 4,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A coastal wetland in southern Iceland, by the villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrabakki, which extends from the river outlet of ölfusá to Loftsstadir farm. Habitats comprise fresh water, brackish pools, saltmarshes and an adjacent extensive area of beaches and intertidal flats. The shoreline is mainly rocky. Land-use also includes tourism, e.g. kayaking along the coast, lakes and rivers.

Key Biodiversity Thousands of breeding, staging and wintering waterbirds use the area, particularly the coast. In particular, the shore from the mouth of the ölfusá river to Loftsstadir farm is one of the most important for waterbirds in Iceland. A wide variety of waterbirds breed, including Sterna paradisaea (1,000-2,000 pairs). Staging birds in May 1990 included Calidris alpina (2,000) and Arenaria interpres (200).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  250 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1990  7,600 individuals  medium  B1i  Near Threatened 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima winter  1987-1989  255-617 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  40%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stokkseyri-Eyrarbakki. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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