Ho Bugt meadows

Year of compilation: 2000

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.

Protected areas
National High International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ho Bugt meadows. Downloaded from on 14/07/2020.