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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 590 ha
Altitude 0 - 31m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

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
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  2013  895 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  2006-2012  1,500-3,300 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  2014  400-500 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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sklinna. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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