South coast of Germania Land, and Slaedelandet

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A 5-10 km wide expanse of gravel moraines and uplifted former sea floor, separating the large fjord-like Lake Saelsøen from Dove Bay. The area is crossed by several rivers, notably Lakseelven, and there are numerous small lakes and ponds with narrow fringes of vegetation. Arctic tundra grows on the slopes rising up towards the hinterland. This site includes `Hvalrosodden-Slamodden, Germania Land' (former site GL007), which was treated as a separate IBA in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key biodiversity
This site also holds moulting Anser brachyrhynchus (1,500 individuals, 1989). Breeding birds include 8 of the 32 species that are restricted in Europe to the Arctic/tundra biome (when breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No serious threats are known at the site.

Protected areas
National Partial International PartialIBA overlaps with National Park (North and North-east Greenland). IBA overlaps with Biosphere Reserve (North and North-east Greenland National Park).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South coast of Germania Land, and Slaedelandet. Downloaded from on 28/07/2021.