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Location Iceland, Austur-Skaftafellssýsla
Central coordinates 16o 19.00' West  64o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1ii, B2
Area 6,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)



Site description A wetland area on a glacial outwash plain, formed by a number of rivers running from the Vatnajökull glacier on the south-east coast of Iceland. There are small marshes (dominated by Carex and Eriophorum), glacial lagoons, sandy areas with rushes Juncus, and flat areas of glacial outwash gravel, partly or completely vegetated with moss and other vegetation. Land-uses may include hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata resident  20-25 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  4,000-4,650 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  30%
Coastline   70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Breidamerkursandur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2014

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