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Location Iceland, Austur-Skaftafellssýsla
Central coordinates 15o 37.00' West  64o 12.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 12,700 ha
Altitude 0 - 28m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A very large wetland in Sudursveit and Mýrar, south-east Iceland. Habitats comprise extensive sedge marshes (Carex, Eriophorum), pools, sandy areas with rushes Juncus, mudflats and brackish lagoons. The main land-use is grazing.

Key Biodiversity Information on birds is limited, but the area is known to be important for breeding wildfowl and waders as well as for staging waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis passage  2,500-9,999 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  60-80 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hestgerdislón-Hornafjardarfljót. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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