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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 29o 30.00' East  70o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B3
Area 330 ha
Altitude 0 - 99m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description Kongsøy is a large, grass-covered island with steep cliffs. Helløy and Skarvholmen are low-lying islands with minimal vegetation. This site comprises 75 ha of land and 205 ha of sea. Gulls' eggs are collected by people from Kongsfjord and Berlevåg.

Key Biodiversity A breeding colony of Rissa tridactyla (c.18,000 pairs) is nationally important.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  2006-2011  500-700 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  2007  350 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  2006-2011  7,000-11,000 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kongsøya, Helløya og Skarvholmen Nature Reserve 287 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  73%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -

Protection status National High International None280 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kongsøyene, 280 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kongsøy. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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