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Location Russia (European), Murmansk region
Central coordinates 31o 35.98' East  69o 49.97' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, B3
Area 1,220 ha
Altitude 0 - 21m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Tundra islands in the Barents Sea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  1996  1,800 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1996  1-100 breeding pairs  good  B3  Near Threatened 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1996  1,300-4,000 breeding pairs  good  B2  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kandalakshsky Zapovednik 70,530 protected area contains site 1,220  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Tundra  80%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  11%
Shrubland   20%
Coastline Lagoons  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References Zubakin V.A., Boiko N.S., Tatarnikova I.P.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ainov islands. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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