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Location Sweden, Halland
Central coordinates 12o 14.48' East  57o 7.94' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 450 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description Originally an island, the site has been joined to the mainland by an artificial embankment and roadway, a process that resulted in the partial enclosure and desalinization of Farehammarsviken Bay (the main part of the reserve). The bay is shallow and brackish with a freshwater inflow. It contains areas of marshy vegetation and is surrounded by grazed coastal meadows. In addition to agricultural activities, the IBA supports a bird observatory.

Key Biodiversity Goose grazing is important in maintaining the open landscape. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering) and Crex crex (passage). Three hundred and twenty species have been recorded at the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  150-200 individuals  C2  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca breeding  1996  2,600 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1996  58 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Getterön Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 350 is identical to site 450  
Getteröns fågelreservat Nature Reserve 350 protected area overlaps with site 330  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  52%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 55%
not utilised 45%
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National High International HighIBA overlaps with Nature Reserve (Getteron, 360 ha). 340 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Getterön, 340 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (344 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Getterön. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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