Vestamager and adjacent sea area

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A shallow sea area and adjacent coast with saltmarshes; also includes a reclaimed area with freshwater lakes and reedbeds. Some wetlands have been restored whilst others have been afforested.

Key biodiversity
Numbers of both breeding and visiting birds have declined. In some years total numbers of waterbirds exceed 20,000 individuals. Recurvirostra avosetta, Philomachus pugnax, Sterna paradisaea and S. albifrons, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Ongoing restoration projects, including raising water-levels in some areas, and the expansion of grazing will probably help reverse the negative trends of some bird species. Some areas are scheduled for urbanization and parts have already been destroyed by road construction.

Protected areas
National Partial International High6,210 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Western Amager and surrounding sea area, 6,210 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vestamager and adjacent sea area. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.