Lake Ånn – Storlien

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 110,000 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description
A very shallow, nutrient-poor lake in the upper part of the River Indal system, partly surrounded by marshy areas and with a sandy ridge along one 2 km stretch of shoreline. The confluence of two rivers at the western end of the site has formed the Handol delta and there are other deltas to the north-west and south-east. The lower River Handolan contains rapids, waterfalls, and gorges; there is extensive forest nearby. `Other' land-use (below) is grazing land for reindeer Rangifer tarandus.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is very important for a variety of breeding waterbirds, raptors, grouse and waders. Breeding birds include nine out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Arctic/tundra biome.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Ånn – Storlien. Downloaded from on 26/11/2020.