|Location||Sweden, Västra Götaland|
|Central coordinates||11o 36.99' East 58o 4.88' North|
|IBA criteria||B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6|
|Altitude||0 - 74m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description A fjord between two large islands situated off the west Swedish coast, with extensive shallow waters and a Zostera-covered clay sea-floor. The islands have well-managed coastal meadows with a saltmarsh character and some forest, mostly deciduous and dominated by Quercus. Human activities include boating, swimming, fishing, and grazing for conservation purposes.
Key Biodiversity The IBA is also important for passage waterbirds and waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (4-10 wintering birds).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||winter||1997||400-500 individuals||medium||B1i, B3, C2||Least Concern|
|Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula||non-breeding||1997||2,000-4,000 individuals||medium||B1i, C3||Least Concern|
|Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo||resident||1997||2-4 breeding pairs||good||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Halsefjorden - SE0520174||Birds Directive||1,212||protected area overlaps with site||703|
|Kälkerön||Nature Reserve||352||protected area contained by site||350|
|Råssö||Nature Reserve||485||protected area contained by site||469|
|Stigfjorden||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||6,940||is identical to site||6,900|
|Stigfjorden - SE0520034||Birds Directive||4,837||protected area contained by site||4,837|
|Stigfjorden fjord||Nature Reserve||8,539||protected area overlaps with site||5,000|
|Sundsby - SE0520053||Habitats Directive||363||protected area overlaps with site||160|
|Svanvik||Nature Reserve||297||protected area contained by site||300|
|Valön||Nature Reserve||265||protected area contained by site||265|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Sea||Sea inlets and coastal features||90%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Protection status National Partial International PartialIBA overlaps with five Nature Reserves (totalling 8,539 ha). 5,180 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stigfjorden, 5,180 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (1,470 ha).
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