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Location Iceland, Austur-Húnavatnssýsla
Central coordinates 19o 42.00' West  65o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 7,500 ha
Altitude 434 - 499m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)



Site description Lakes and associated extensive freshwater marshes dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum), covering Fridmundarvötn, Eyjavatn og Mjóavatn and neighbouring areas south to áfangafell mountain. There are eroded, flat gravel areas. Ownership of the highlands is not resolved, but farmers have grazing and fishing rights.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  1988  260 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Coastline   20%

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: Eyjavatn-Fridmundarvötn. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014

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