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 1987-1989 91-112 individuals B3
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT winter - 40,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC passage 1990 900 individuals A4i, B1i
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC winter 1987-1989 792-1,200 individuals A4i, B1i
Sanderling Calidris alba LC passage 1989-1990 1,176-1,374 individuals A4i, B1i
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC winter 1987-1989 1,263-1,676 individuals A4i, B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

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


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Stafnes-Gardur. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.