Hanstholm Reservation

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 non-breeding 1993 430 individuals B1i, C2
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC non-breeding 1994 1,050 individuals B1i, C3
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola LC breeding 1994 34-44 breeding pairs C6

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

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2010 very unfavourable not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Anser anser Greylag Goose 2200 2200 individuals 100 favourable
Podiceps auritus Horned Grebe 7 5 individuals 72 near favourable
Botaurus stellaris Eurasian Bittern 1 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Tved Plantage Nors Sø Fredet ved afgørelse, exl. Kirkeomgivelser 2,273 protected area overlaps with site 0
Thisted Kommune §3 beskyttet natur (alle søer, moser, vandløb, heder, enge mv) 29,223 protected area overlaps with site 0
Nationalpark Thy Nationalpark 24,400 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hanstholm Reserve Major Conservation Area 4,800 protected area contained by site 4,800
Hanstholm Reservatet; Nors Sø og Vandet Sø Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 5,738 protected area contains site 5,110
Hanstholm Reservatet Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 5,115 protected area contains site 5,110
Hansted reservatet Fredet ved afgørelse, exl. Kirkeomgivelser 3,398 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
forestry -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hanstholm Reservation. Downloaded from on 06/12/2023.