|Central coordinates||16o 19.28' East 59o 52.39' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, C2|
|Altitude||57 - 70m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description This area contains three nutrient-rich lakes: Fläcksjön, Gussjön and Gorgen, all connected by the River Svartån and surrounded by low-lying water-meadows prone to spring flooding. Associated vegetation includes areas of Phragmites, Scirpus and wet Betula forest. The land is used for cattle-grazing and is one of the largest areas remaining in Sweden where mowing still takes place.
Key Biodiversity The lake margins and adjacent meadows also provide breeding habitat for a number of wetland species. 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|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||non-breeding||1994||2,300 individuals||-||A4i, B1i, C2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Fläckebo||Nature Reserve||82||protected area contained by site||78|
|Svartån (river)||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||2,230||is identical to site||2,230|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest||-|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Protection status National Low International Partial78 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Flackebo, 78 ha). 1,870 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Svartån, 1,990 ha). IBA overlaps with four Special Protection Areas (totalling 1,321 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Svartån. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/09/2015
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