An estuary of the Gaula river with a small island (Storøra) and extensive tidal mudflats and coastal shallows.
The area holds a range of waders and wildfowl in good numbers. Species of global conservation concern which do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (2 pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
All of the IBA (except Buvikfjæra) is protected. The area is proposed as a Ramsar Site.
National Partial International None60 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Gaulosen, 60 ha). 179 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Gaulosen, 179 ha). 5 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Leinøra, 5 ha).