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Location Norway, Nordland
Central coordinates 12o 30.00' East  66o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 15,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla winter  1989  25-30 individuals  A1  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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Solvær archipelago. Downloaded from on 01/10/2014

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