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Location Norway, Nord-Trøndelag
Central coordinates 11o 0.00' East  65o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 106 ha
Altitude 0 - 31m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description An archipelago, about 20 km from the mainland. The largest island, Heimøya, is 1 km long. Two of the islands are connected with a mole. The largest islands are covered with heathland Empetrum/Calluna, mixed with bushes Rubus/Cornus. Fishermen lived on Sklinna up to the first half of this century, but now the only settlement is the lighthouse (manned year-round) on Heimøy.

Key Biodiversity The breeding colony of Phalacrocorax aristotelis is one of the largest in Norway.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1996  600-1,600 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus resident  1992  341 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle resident  1992  526 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sklinna Nature Reserve 589 is identical to site 0  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sklinna. Downloaded from on 28/03/2015

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