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Location Iceland, Kjósarsýsla
Central coordinates 21o 40.00' West  64o 19.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 900 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)



Site description A large embayment of Hvalfjördur, including a bay and estuarine flats from Hvalfjardareyri to Búdarsandur. There are mussel banks (Mytilus) offshore.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1996  395 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1990  4,400 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  70%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hvalfjardareyri-Laxárvogur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014

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