Lake Tjålme – Valley of Lais

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A3, B2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 29,000 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description
Two converging valleys in the mountains of northern Sweden, containing small rivers and their deltas. The southern valley holds a large lake system with flat shores, which form an important nesting habitat for waterbirds. The narrower northern valley contains the River Laisälven, which is bordered by a strip of marshland and surrounded by Betula forest, with some Pinus.

Key biodiversity
Important for breeding waterbirds, raptors and waders, and one of the final staging areas for northward-moving spring migrants. Breeding birds include nine out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Arctic/tundra biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Gallinago media.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Tjålme – Valley of Lais. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.