River Helge This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1iv, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 (2007)
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Area: 8,050 ha

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 very high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
The IBA covers the plains situated along the final 35 km of the River Helgeån before it enters the Baltic Sea, and incorporates two lakes (Araslövsjön and Hammarsjön). The river meadows are interspersed with grazed areas, bushes, reedbeds (Phragmites) and wet woodlands. Intensively managed agricultural land surrounds the IBA.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding species of wet grassland and other riverine habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering) and Crex crex (breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Helge. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.