Nissum Fjord

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC non-breeding 1983 1,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC non-breeding 1989 320 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC non-breeding 1983 3,750 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna LC non-breeding - 4,445 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Common Teal Anas crecca LC non-breeding 1989 4,000 individuals B1i, C3
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 1994 770 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica NT passage 1983 6,500 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC non-breeding 1983 15,000 individuals B1i, C3
Mew Gull Larus canus LC breeding 1995 800-1,200 breeding pairs B2
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 1994 1,050 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 high very unfavourable not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Other other threat happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose 10000 10000 individuals 100 favourable
Anser anser Greylag Goose 4500 4500 individuals 100 favourable
Mergus serrator Red-breasted Merganser 1900 18 individuals 1 very unfavourable
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant 770 93 breeding pairs 13 very unfavourable
Charadrius alexandrinus 7 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Larus ridibundus Black-headed Gull 8000 5000 individuals 63 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Nissum Fjord Wildlife Reserve 7,000 protected area contained by site 7,208
Nissum Fjord Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 6,400 protected area contained by site 0
Nissum Fjord Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 10,967 protected area contained by site 10,890
Nissum Fjord Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 10,906 protected area contained by site 10,890
Nissum Fjord Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 10,952 protected area overlaps with site 10,890
Lemvig Kommune §3 beskyttet natur (alle søer, moser, vandløb, heder, enge mv) 5,946 protected area overlaps with site 0
Krogshede Enge Fredet ved afgørelse, exl. Kirkeomgivelser 222 protected area contained by site 0
Holstebro Kommune §3 beskyttet natur (alle søer, moser, vandløb, heder, enge mv) 9,376 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
unknown -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nissum Fjord. Downloaded from on 02/04/2023.