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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 30o 30.00' East  70o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B3
Area 990 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description This is a coastline with steep cliffs and several rocky pillars, plunging 200 m into the sea from a montane plateau. About 250 ha of the IBA area is sea, the rest is land. Four salmon fisheries (aquaculture) are situated in the area.

Key Biodiversity Together with Hjelmsøya, these cliffs support the largest, most varied and most important seabird colonies in Finnmark. This is the largest colony in Norway of Uria aalge (formerly 12,000 pairs in 1985 but had declined to 2,500 pairs by 1997). Good numbers of seaduck occur offshore in winter.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus breeding  2013  1,130 mature individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  2007  32,500 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2007-2013  33,000 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Makkaurhalvøya Nature Reserve 11,699 protected area overlaps with site 11,600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  2%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National High International None11,600 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Makkaurhalvøya, 11,600 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Syltefjordstauran. Downloaded from on 14/10/2015

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