Neiden- & Munkefjord

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
The estuaries of the Neidenelva and Munkelva rivers. The Neidenelva river is broad and calm, and the estuary has high terraces and numerous sandbanks. Munkefjorden is a shallow bay (mostly <10 m deep), lying south of the Neiden estuary. Huge intertidal flats are exposed at low tide. Other habitats include coastal meadows, saltmarshes and farms.

Key biodiversity
Several species of seaduck sometimes occur in large concentrations, e.g. Clangula hyemalis (max. 4,000 in spring) and Mergus merganser (max. 2,000 in August). In spring there are high numbers of staging waders, especially Limosa lapponica (max. 500) and Calidris canutus (max. 2,500), and about 200 Calidris maritima winter in the area. The area supports one of the largest concentrations of divers in Norway, especially during spring, with up to 100 Gavia stellata and up to 400 Gavia arctica.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threat status is not known.

Protected areas
National High International None1,180 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Neiden and Munkefjord, 1,180 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Neiden- & Munkefjord. Downloaded from on 05/06/2023.