Vindel Mountains (including Lake Tärna)

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A3, B2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 555,000 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description
An extensive mountainous area supporting a mosaic of mires, virgin Picea forest and mountain Betula forest, with valleys containing rivers and lake systems. The northern end of Lake Tärnasjön adjoins a delta formed by the River Tärna. The lake is surrounded by seasonally flooded marshland, and the whole area is used for reindeer Rangifer tarandus grazing (`Other' land-use), fishing and hiking.

Key biodiversity
Important for breeding waterbirds, raptors and waders. Breeding birds include seven out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Arctic/tundra biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vindel Mountains (including Lake Tärna). Downloaded from on 23/01/2021.