River Svartån

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, C2 (2000)
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Area: 2,300 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description
This area contains three nutrient-rich lakes: Fläcksjön, Gussjön and Gorgen, all connected by the River Svartån and surrounded by low-lying water-meadows prone to spring flooding. Associated vegetation includes areas of Phragmites, Scirpus and wet Betula forest. The land is used for cattle-grazing and is one of the largest areas remaining in Sweden where mowing still takes place.

Key biodiversity
The lake margins and adjacent meadows also provide breeding habitat for a number of wetland species. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Svartån. Downloaded from on 15/06/2021.