Ho Bugt meadows

Country/territory: Denmark

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C4 (2000)
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Area: 2,700 ha

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
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Site description
Saltmarshes around Ho Bugt and freshwater-meadows along the River Varde å (the largest river system in western Jutland which has not been canalized). The meadows are intensively farmed with high fertilizer input and frequent harvesting.

Key biodiversity
More than 20,000 non-breeding waterbirds occur at the site, including Anas penelope, A. acuta and Calidris alpina. Numbers of breeding meadow birds have decreased as a result of the intensification of farming practices. Circus aeruginosus, C. cyaneus, C. pygargus, Recurvirostra avosetta and Luscinia svecica, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ho Bugt meadows. Downloaded from on 14/08/2022.