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Location Iceland, Eyjafjar-arsýsla
Central coordinates 18o 4.00' West  65o 39.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 700 ha
Altitude 0 - 1m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A slow-flowing river with associated estuary and seasonally flooded marshes (dominated by sedge Carex) by Akureyri airport.

Key Biodiversity The area supports hundreds of migrating ducks in spring, as well as a wide variety of breeding waterfowl and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  600-800 individuals  medium  B1i  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hólmarnir. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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