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Location Iceland, Mýrasýsla,Snæfellsnes og Hnappadalssýsla
Central coordinates 22o 30.00' West  64o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 17,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description An extensive stretch of estuarine coast with a variety of habitats including bays, offshore islands, rock and cliff areas, beaches, intertidal flats, brackish lakes, marshes and saltmarshes. The area extends from Akrar at Mýrar to Glámsflói and Sauratjörn on Snæfellsnes. Minor land-uses include eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima) (`Other' land-use) and recreation.

Key Biodiversity Other notable species are breeding Phalacrocorax carbo and Sterna paradisaea (hundreds of pairs each), staging Anser albifrons (a few hundred), Branta bernicla, Calidris alpina and Tringa totanus, and wintering Haematopus ostralegus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima non-breeding  80,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1990  12,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  40%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Löngufjörur. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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