Lake Leksdalsvatn

Country/territory: Norway

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2 (2014)
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Area: 2,690 ha

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description
A large, lowland lake between Verdal and Steinkjer, 12 km long and up to c.20 m deep, with a shoreline of c.35 km. The lake is nutrient-rich with large reedbeds Phragmites/Schoenoplectus in shallow areas. Alder Alnus and willow Salix trees occur along most of the shoreline. Adjacent land is mostly cultivated.

Key biodiversity
The most important site in central Norway for staging Cygnus cygnus, and one of the most important for breeding Podiceps auritus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Leksdalsvatn. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.