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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 46o 40.00' West  60o 35.00' South
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 348 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2011





Site description Inaccessible Islands are the most westerly of the South Orkney Islands. They are located 35 km west of Coronation Island and comprise three main islands and numerous offshore skerries. The IBA comprises all islands and offshore rocks in the Inaccessible Islands group and the intervening marine area, covering ~329 ha.

Information on the environment at the Inaccessible Islands is not available. The nearest research station is Signy (UK), located 62 km southeast of the IBA. See Ant095 for information on the environment and facilities at this station.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides breeding  1986-1987  50,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1986-1987  50,000 breeding pairs  A4iii   

Other biodiversity None known.

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inaccessible Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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