River Ume Delta and Plains

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
The delta of a river system that flows into the Gulf of Bothnia in north-east Sweden. Temporal habitats range from mudflats to areas of primary vegetation. Much of the delta shoreline is surrounded by water-meadows, although there is also deciduous forest with a few conifers. Phragmites is scarce. The area is used for commercial shipping, leisure boating, and general recreation.

Key biodiversity
The western parts of the IBA (Vasterfjarden) are also important for breeding gulls. Up to 10,000 ducks and 7,000-8,000 waders stop over whilst on passage in late April-May. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The construction of new roads and a railway (Bottniabanan) threaten the IBA.

Protected areas
National Low International PartialIBA overlaps with Nature Reserve (Tuvan, 70 ha). 1,040 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Umeälv delta, 1,040 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Ume Delta and Plains. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.