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Location Norway, Nordland
Central coordinates 12o 19.00' East  66o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2
Area 3,230 ha
Altitude 0 - 623m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description The island of Lovunden is a steep mountain with scree around the base and numerous islets and skerries offshore. On the north-east side there is a small village where the 300 inhabitants of the island live.

Key Biodiversity Lovunden is most famous for its huge breeding colony of Fratercula arctica, the size of which has, unfortunately, decreased dramatically in recent decades. The colony is occupied between April and mid-September. Haliaeetus albicilla is very common throughout the year: one can often see 8-10 birds at the same time, and 15-20 gathered in one flock is not an uncommon sight in spring or early summer.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  2014  30,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2014  30,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lovunda/Lundeura Nature Reserve 153 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lovunden. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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