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Location Russia (European), Murmansk region
Central coordinates 37o 31.23' East  68o 44.57' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 10,667 ha
Altitude 0 - 110m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Tundra islands with cliffs located in the Barents sea.

Key Biodiversity In total more then 25000 pairs of seabird breed here.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  1991  1,407 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus breeding  1991  3 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus breeding  1991  550 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  1991  4 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1991  159 breeding pairs  good  B3  Near Threatened 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1991  2,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1991  20,000-49,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kandalakshsky Zapovednik 70,530 protected area overlaps with site 10,603  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  94%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  6%

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 V.A.Zubakin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Seven islands. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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