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Location Sweden, Dalarna
Central coordinates 16o 2.74' East  60o 16.50' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C6
Area 4,900 ha
Altitude 82 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description This site includes some broader stretches of the River Dalälven, notably Lake Hovran (in fact part of the river) and several smaller lagoons. Open areas around the lakes support Salix/Phragmites vegetation. Arable land and coniferous and deciduous forests surround the IBA.

Key Biodiversity The IBA supports breeding wetland species, and is an important stop-over site for migrating waterbirds and waders. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1997  1,500-2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Grasshopper-warbler Locustella naevia breeding  1997  40 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1997  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hovran area (river) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 4,860 is identical to site 4,860  
Kloster Nature Reserve 228 protected area contained by site 182  
Lilla Älvgången Nature Conservation Area 60 protected area contained by site 63  
Stackharen Nature Reserve 43 protected area contained by site 33  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National Low International HighIBA overlaps with two Nature Reserves (Kloster and Stackaren, totalling 215 ha). 5,030 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Hovran area, 5,130 ha).

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

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