Fjord of Stig

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
A fjord between two large islands situated off the west Swedish coast, with extensive shallow waters and a Zostera-covered clay sea-floor. The islands have well-managed coastal meadows with a saltmarsh character and some forest, mostly deciduous and dominated by Quercus. Human activities include boating, swimming, fishing, and grazing for conservation purposes.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is also important for passage waterbirds and waders. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (4-10 wintering birds).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
American mink Mustela vison pose a threat to breeding birds.

Protected areas
National Partial International PartialIBA overlaps with five Nature Reserves (totalling 8,539 ha). 5,180 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stigfjorden, 5,180 ha). IBA overlaps with Special Protection Area (1,470 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Fjord of Stig. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.