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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 29o 30.00' East  70o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B3
Area 280 ha
Altitude 0 - 99m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1989  600 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1989  400 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1989  10,000-19,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kongsøyene Nature Reserve 280 protected area overlaps with site 280  

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kongsøy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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