IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 4,500 ha
Apavatn and Laugarvatn lakes and their surrounding marshes/mires lie about 20 km east of Lake Thingvallavatn, in the north-west part of the southern lowlands of Iceland. Marshes are dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum). There is a wetland with hot-springs at Hjálmstadaengjar. Holiday-homes are present.
Notable numbers of Bucephala clangula (some tens) and Mergus merganser (18 in 1988, 46 in 1989) also occur in winter. A wide variety of waterbirds breed, including Histrionicus histrionicus, and hundreds of staging Aythya marila, A. fuligula and Mergus serrator use the area on passage.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Laugarvatn - Apavatn - Bruara. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/03/2023.