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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 25o 20.00' East  71o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 720 ha
Altitude 0 - 280m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description Three steep, grass-covered islands: Storstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstappen. Land covers 170 ha of the site, the rest being sea.

Key Biodiversity Cliff-breeding seabirds nest mainly on Storstappen.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus breeding  2013  3,000 mature individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  2007  20,000 individuals  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Near Threatened 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  2004-2013  264,000-556,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2004-2013  272,000-564,000 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve 715 protected area contained by site 720  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  76%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National High International None720 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Gjesværstappan, 720 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gjesværstappan. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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