|Central coordinates||15o 23.75' East 59o 10.59' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6|
|Altitude||22 - 30m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description Kvismaren is a flat fertile agricultural valley. Extensive marshy areas originally surrounded two lakes, but following drainage in the 1880s the lakes disappeared. They have now been replaced by extensive reedbeds (Phragmites) and Salix thickets surrounded by marshy meadows, low-lying pasture and arable land, and densely wooded areas. The main wetland is enclosed by embankments and canals to protect nearby arable land from flooding. Three areas of open water, covering c.230 ha, have recently been restored as shallow lakes or water-meadows. The IBA contains an important ornithological station.
Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding species of wetland and wet grassland habitats, as well as for passage wildfowl and waders. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bean Goose Anser fabalis||passage||1996||5,000-25,000 individuals||good||A4i, B1i, C3||Least Concern|
|Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus||breeding||1996||15-18 breeding pairs||good||C6||Least Concern|
|Common Crane Grus grus||passage||1996||200-2,500 individuals||good||A4i, B1i, C2||Least Concern|
|Common Grasshopper-warbler Locustella naevia||breeding||1996||25-50 breeding pairs||good||B3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Kvismaren||Nature Reserve||738||protected area contained by site||732|
|Kvismaren||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||780||protected area contained by site||780|
|Sörön||Nature Reserve||22||protected area contained by site||23|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest||10%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||70%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||85%|
Protection status National High International HighIBA overlaps with Nature Reserve (732 ha). 780 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kvismaren, 780 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (732 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kvismaren. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/10/2015
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