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Location Sweden, Skåne
Central coordinates 13o 33.38' East  55o 38.09' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2
Area 15,700 ha
Altitude 20 - 75m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description The area contains shallow eutrophic lakes, meandering streams, reedbeds (Phragmites), riverside meadows (flooded annually), marshland, Alnus forest and Salix thickets. Large parts of the site are used to graze cattle and for haymaking. Human activities also include fishing, bathing and military exercises.

Key Biodiversity The site is important as a stop-over site for passage swans, geese and ducks, and also supports a diversity of breeding waterbirds, as well as wintering Anser fabalis and five species of raptor. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering) and Crex crex (breeding and passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  150-400 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Klingavälsån - Krankesjön Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 3,970 protected area contained by site 3,970  
Klingavälsåns dalgång Nature Reserve 2,171 protected area contained by site 2,128  
Lybeck Nature Reserve 15 protected area contained by site 15  
Navröd Nature Reserve 66 protected area contained by site 67  
Vombs ängar Nature Reserve 205 protected area contained by site 194  
Vombs Fure Wildlife and Plant Sanctuary 571 protected area contained by site 600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International HighIBA covered by two Nature Reserves (totalling 2,321 ha). 3,975 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Klingavälsån-Krankesjön, 3,975 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (2,900 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: River Klingavälsån-Lake Krankesjön. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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