Coastal area of Eastern Gotland

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 150,000 ha

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description
The site comprises four main areas: Faludden (57°00'N 18°22'E˜1,810 ha), Grötlingboholme (57°07'N 18°30'E˜1,050 ha), Lausholmar (57°18'N 18°45'E˜540 ha) and Skenholmen (57°48'N 19°03'E˜700 ha). All four are situated on the eastern coast of Gotland and consist of very low-lying peninsulas and/or islands with a gravel-covered limestone foundation. Essentially treeless and covered mainly by short grassy vegetation used for grazing livestock. Lausholmar is used for military target practice outside of the breeding season.

Key biodiversity
Parts of the IBA are rich in breeding species; other areas are important as wintering grounds for Clangula hyemalis. The IBA as a whole supports large numbers of migrating swans and geese, and Grötlingboholme is the most important Baltic moulting ground for Anser anser.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coastal area of Eastern Gotland. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023.