Ilene and Presterodkilen Wetland System

Ilene nature reserve
Presterødkilen nature reserve

Ilene and Presterodkilen Wetland System

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    216 ha
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    59°16'N 10°24'E
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The Site consists of two separate nature reserves. Ilene is a classic delta and area of shallow water in the inner part of a narrow fjord arm around the mouth of the Aulielva river. The area contains a mosaic of mudflats, saltmarsh, reedbeds, sedge belts and heather-covered areas of pinewood. Presterødkilen is a shallow coastal bay surrounded by reedbeds. The shallow waters are built up with alluvial deposits and postglacial marine clay and are rich in algae, snails, mussels and other invertebrates. Both areas are exposed at a low tide and are important feeding sites for ducks and waders. In the permanently water-covered areas, Zostera marina and Enteromorpha intestinalis grow. A total of 240 bird species and 200 plant species have been recorded at the Site. It is is also important for wintering and breeding birds, including several nationally threatened species. The Site functions as a sediment trap and offers habitat to the brown trout Salmo trutta.  Ilene is considered among the best sites for birdwatching in the county, and there is an information centre and a birdwatching tower. A footpath through the area helps to channel visitors and thereby reduce disturbance.

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    • nature reserve - Ilene & Presterødkilen
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