Bay of Skälder

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B1iv, B2, B3, C3, C4, C5, C6 (2000)
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Area: 1,370 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
A bay of the Kattegatt with a varied shoreline, comprising cliffs, sand beaches and wet meadows. Several shallow water areas in the bay itself provide feeding opportunities for wintering and passage seabirds.

Key biodiversity
Important for wintering seaducks and seabirds, the site is also a major migratory bottleneck site, where more than 5,000 raptors regularly pass in autumn (mainly Pernis apivorus and Buteo buteo). Wintering species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1-3 birds). More than 140 breeding species have been recorded.

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bay of Skälder. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.