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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 24o 45.00' East  71o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 430 ha
Altitude 0 - 219m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description A large island with steep cliffs on its northernmost peninsula. Land covers 220 ha of the site, the rest being sea.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  50,000 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1995  10,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Least Concern 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1996  60,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  50,000-99,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1995-1996  50,000-99,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hjelmsøystauran Nature Reserve 430 protected area contained by site 430  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  49%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International None430 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Hjelmsøystauran, 430 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hjelmsøy. Downloaded from on 07/05/2015

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