Stavnsfjord and adjacent waters

Country/territory: Denmark

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4 (2000)
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Area: 15,450 ha

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
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Site description
The IBA encompasses a group of largely uninhabited islands and surrounding shallow waters. The vegetation on the islands includes saltmarshes, heathland and various grassland types, with some cultivation on a few islands. The sea area surrounding the islands is regarded as a scientific reference area as it is almost unaffected by nutrient pollution.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a large colony of Phalacrocorax carbo and high numbers of wintering Somateria mollissima. Recurvirostra avosetta, Sterna sandvicensis, S. paradisaea and S. albifrons, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stavnsfjord and adjacent waters. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.