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Location Iceland, Skagafjardarsýsla
Central coordinates 19o 27.00' West  65o 45.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 3,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description Riparian marshes, pools and lakes, c.10 km east and south-east of Saudárkrókur town. The site includes the Austari-Héradsvötn delta and lakes in that area, from Gardsvatn to Borgarey, as well as lakes in Hegranes and their neighbouring marshes, ásvatn, Svanavatn, Hendilkotsvatn, Hólmavatn and Urridavatn. Marshes are dominated by sedge Carex. Land-uses include grazing and fishing.

Key Biodiversity The site supports a diverse community of breeding waterbirds, and hundreds of migrating Branta leucopsis stage here in spring.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  common  B1i  Least Concern 
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus breeding  20 breeding pairs  B1i  Vulnerable 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa breeding  common  B1i, B2  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Austara Eylendid. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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