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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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis passage  common [units unknown]  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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hestgerdislón-Hornafjardarfljót. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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