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Location Norway, Rogaland
Central coordinates 5o 25.00' East  58o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3
Area 990 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description Three larger and several smaller islands and islets, together with surrounding seas. The islands are mainly covered in boulders and scree, intermingled with ponds and vegetated areas. Human activities include fishing and sheep-grazing, both at low intensity.

Key Biodiversity This is the southernmost seabird colony of notable size in Norway.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  2008-2014  1,150-3,000 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kjørholmane seabird reserve Nature Reserve 44 protected area contained by site 44  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  -
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  94%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 95%

Protection status National Low International None44 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kjørholmane seabird reserve, 44 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kjørholmane seabird reserve. Downloaded from on 07/10/2015

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