Naternaq

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Naternaq

  • Country: 
    Denmark
  • Site number: 
    385
  • Area: 
    184,010 ha
  • Designation date: 
    27-01-1988
  • Coordinates: 
    68°24'N 51°46'W
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Overview

Naternaq (Lersletten). 27/01/88; Qasigiannquit, Kangaatsiaq; 184,010 ha; 68°24'N 051°46'W. One of the most important wetland complexes in western Greenland, comprising an extensive marshy plain, numerous shallow lakes, and meandering streams. The site is of particular botanical significance, supporting diverse communities from dense moss mats to dwarf scrub heath. The area supports the highest densities of the summering goose Anser albifrons flavirostris (some 9-20% of world population, with 2588 birds in 1992 and about 6,000 in 1998) to be found in Greenland, as well as various species of breeding birds. There are no permanent human settlements, although there is some winter hunting and a summer camp on the site's periphery. As of 2002, the musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) has been introduced, because of the abundance of its winter food in lowland areas, and small numbers are frequently recorded within the site. Ramsar site no. 385. Most recent RIS information: 2002.

Administrative region: 
Qasigiannguit,Kangaatsiaq

  • National legal designation: 
    • Areas important to wildlife
    • Breeding Bird Reserve
  • Last publication date: 
    01-01-2002

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