Umeälvens delta

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Umeälvens delta

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  • Area: 
    1,889 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    63°44'N 20°19'E
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The Site constitutes a large, constantly changing delta where the Umeälven River flows into the Gulf of Bothnia. The area also includes transition mires, sedge-dominated shoreland, periodically exposed dunes of sand and fine grained material, grazed beach meadow and deciduous and conifer forests. The Site boundary has been adjusted to follow the boundaries of the Umeälvens delta Nature Reserve, leading to an increase in area of over 800 hectares. The delta constitutes an important spawning ground for the pike Esox lucius and a migration path for the Atlantic salmon Salmo salar and brown trout Salmo trutta. The Site supports over 30,000 waterbirds, and is a key staging area for ducks, geese and waders including the Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope, northern pintail Anas acuta and bean goose Anser fabalis. It also constitutes a historical feeding area for the globally threatened lesser white-fronted goose Anser erythropus. The Site is important for sediment and nutrient retention as well as for water purification. It is used for recreational hunting, fishing, educational activities and monitoring. The main threats to the Site’s ecological character relate to water regulation activities, transportation lines and recreational hunting and fishing.

Administrative region: 
Västerbotten County

  • National legal designation: 
    • nature reserve - Umeälvens delta
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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