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Location Iceland, Sudur-Fingeyjarsýsla
Central coordinates 18o 10.00' West  65o 54.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 60 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A wetland extending from the outlet of the Fnjóská river to Bárdartjörn near the village of Grenivík. Habitats comprise large and small riparian marshes of sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), pools, river and streams, river islets with willow Salix, and saltmarshes. Land-uses include grazing and eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima).

Key Biodiversity Not much information is available on birds, but other breeding species include a good variety of ducks and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima resident  10,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Salt marshes  -

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: Höfdahverfi. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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