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Location Sweden, Norrbotten
Central coordinates 16o 16.57' East  66o 14.44' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, C6
Area 29,000 ha
Altitude 460 - 1,029m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening



Site description Two converging valleys in the mountains of northern Sweden, containing small rivers and their deltas. The southern valley holds a large lake system with flat shores, which form an important nesting habitat for waterbirds. The narrower northern valley contains the River Laisälven, which is bordered by a strip of marshland and surrounded by Betula forest, with some Pinus.

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding waterbirds, raptors and waders, and one of the final staging areas for northward-moving spring migrants. Breeding birds include nine out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Arctic/tundra biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Gallinago media.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus breeding  1 breeding pairs  A3  Vulnerable 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata breeding  5-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus breeding  2-3 breeding pairs  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus breeding  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus breeding  40-70 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima breeding  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  10-30 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus breeding  5-20 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus breeding  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus breeding  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Laisälven - SE0820737 Habitats Directive 11,064 protected area overlaps with site 2,522  
Laisdalens fjällurskog Nature Reserve 79,832 protected area overlaps with site 6,300  
Laisdalens fjällurskog - SE0820056 Habitats Directive 72,629 protected area overlaps with site 6,296  
Lake Tjalmejaure--Laisdalen valley Bird Sanctuary 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Tjålmejaure Wildlife and Plant Sanctuary 47,904 protected area overlaps with site 25,051  
Tjålmejaure - Laisdalen Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 21,400 protected area contained by site 21,400  
Tjålmejaure - SE0820714 Birds Directive 21,602 protected area contained by site 21,602  
Yrafdeltat Nature Reserve 724 protected area overlaps with site 500  
Yraft - SE0820294 Habitats Directive 724 protected area overlaps with site 488  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation 60%

Protection status National Partial International HighIBA overlaps with extensive Bird Sanctuary. IBA overlaps with Nature Reserve (500 ha). 21,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Tjålmejaure-Laisdalen, 21,400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Tjålmejaure-Laisdalen valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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