Lake Vansjø

Country/territory: Norway

IBA Criteria met: B2 (2014)
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Area: 9,860 ha

Protection status:

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description
The site is a large, nutrient-rich freshwater lake, situated near the city of Moss. The lake is connected with the Oslofjord by the Mosse-elva river. Forestry is widespread; military activity mainly comprises low-flying planes from a nearby air base.

Key biodiversity
This is an important breeding site for Pandion haliaetus, with the highest known density of natural nests in Norway.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Vansjø. Downloaded from on 04/12/2020.