Eastern part of Vejlerne

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1994 885 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC winter 1994 377 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC non-breeding 1994 2,600 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator LC non-breeding 1994 1,560 individuals B1i, C3
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1995 92 breeding pairs B2, C2, C6
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1994 280 breeding pairs B1i, B3, C2
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC passage 1994 18,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT breeding 1994 110 breeding pairs B2
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 1994 28-40 breeding pairs C2, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown 1994 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii, C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2010 very unfavourable not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 85 85 individuals 100 favourable
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck 625 625 individuals 100 favourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 73 1 breeding pairs 2 very unfavourable
Grus grus Common Crane 4 4 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 143 143 individuals 100 favourable
Platalea leucorodia Eurasian Spoonbill 174 174 individuals 100 favourable
Botaurus stellaris Eurasian Bittern 172 96 breeding pairs 56 unfavourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 420 71 breeding pairs 17 very unfavourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 420 71 breeding pairs 17 very unfavourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 1366 1366 individuals 100 favourable
Eudromias morinellus Eurasian Dotterel 60 54 individuals 90 near favourable
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 197 112 breeding pairs 57 unfavourable
Calidris pugnax Ruff 100 7 breeding pairs 8 very unfavourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 130 48 breeding pairs 37 very unfavourable
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull 15 2 breeding pairs 14 very unfavourable
Chlidonias niger Black Tern 100 18 breeding pairs 18 very unfavourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 52 52 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Sterna paradisaea Arctic Tern 132 84 breeding pairs 64 unfavourable
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-harrier 43 38 breeding pairs 89 near favourable
Circus cyaneus 29 29 individuals 100 favourable
Falco peregrinus 5 5 individuals 100 favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Vejlerne and Logstor Bredning Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 43,534 protected area overlaps with site 4,870
Thisted Kommune §3 beskyttet natur (alle søer, moser, vandløb, heder, enge mv) 29,223 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Østlige Vejler Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,838 protected area contained by site 4,737
Løgstør Bredning; Vejlerne og Bulbjerg Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 44,768 protected area overlaps with site 4,870
Jammerbugt Kommune §3 beskyttet natur (alle søer, moser, vandløb, heder, enge mv) 16,992 protected area is adjacent to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Eastern part of Vejlerne. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.