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Location Iceland, Sudur-Múlasýsla
Central coordinates 14o 30.00' West  64o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 3,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A complex coastal area of shallow bays, brackish lagoons and intertidal flats, south-east of the town of Djúpivogur.

Key Biodiversity Notable numbers of migrating waders stage here on passage (over 2,700 in May 1990).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1997  200-1,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  70%
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

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: Álftafjördur-Hamarsfjördur. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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