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Location Norway, Nordland
Central coordinates 12o 30.00' East  66o 19.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 12,270 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description An archipelago of hundreds of islands (maximum size 300 ha), islets, and skerries. The landscape is undulating with a mosaic of rocks and bogs. Parts of the largest islands are cultivated and inhabited.

Key Biodiversity A very important area for Haliaeetus albicilla in winter.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator non-breeding  2003  1,000-1,500 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  2004-2014  30-40 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Risværet Nature Reserve 442 protected area contained by site 0  
Sandværet Protected Landscape 682 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Solvær archipelago. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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