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Location Iceland, Skagafjardarsýsla
Central coordinates 19o 34.00' West  65o 42.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 2,100 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A river flood-plain near Saudárkrókur town, comprising lakes, pools and extensive, seasonally flooded marshes/mires, dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum). The area includes the lakes and marshes by Miklavatn, áshildarholtsvatn, Tjarnartjörn and the Skógar area. Land-uses include grazing and fishing.

Key Biodiversity An important moulting area which also supports a wide diversity of breeding wildfowl, waders and other waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  3,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  150 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila non-breeding  300 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Miklavatn Nature Reserve 1,554 protected area contained by site 1,550  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International None1,550 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Miklavatn, 1,550 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Miklavatn-Skógar. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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