IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii (2000)
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Area: 23,020 ha
An extensive wetland by öxarfjördur bay, comprising rivers (fed by cold and thermal springs), freshwater and brackish marshes, streams, lakes and pools. The freshwater marshes are dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum). Land-uses include grazing, fishing and fish-farming.
There is a good variety of other breeding waterfowl and waders.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oxarfjordur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/03/2023.