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Location Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway), Svalbard
Central coordinates 11o 13.00' East  79o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 328,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2000





Site description Bird data are available for the following localities within this huge IBA: Guissezholmen Bird Sanctuary (includes islets near Kapp Guissez; 79°05'N 11°30'E); Casimir-Perierkammen (sea cliffs facing Krossfjorden; 79°08'N 11°52'E); Kongshamaren (headland with cliffs in Kongsfjorden; 79°13'N 11°50'E); Nilsfjellet (sea cliffs facing Krossfjorden; 79°16'N 11°33'E); Knoffberget (sea cliffs on north-west coast of Spitsbergen; 79°22'N 10°52'E); Moseøya Bird Sanctuary (79°40'N 11°00'E); Skorpa Bird Sanctuary (79°40'N 11°00'E); south-west Amsterdamøya (sea cliffs; 79°45'N 10°45'E); north Hakluythovden, Amsterdamøya (sea cliffs; 79°47'N 10°48'E); Klovningen (small island with sea cliffs at north end of Spitsbergen; 79°53'N 11°30'E); Flathuken (sea cliffs facing Raudfjorden; 79°51'N 11°50'E); Hornbækfjellet (sea cliffs facing Raudfjorden; 79°49'N 11°50'E); Austplana (sea cliffs facing Raudfjorden; 79°47'N 11°53'E); Liefdefjorden (fjord with numerous small islands; 79°40'N 13°00'E); Moffen Nature Reserve (island with lake, off north coast of Spitsbergen; 80°05'N 12°45'E); Nissenfjella (sea cliffs on north-west coast of Spitsbergen; 79°24'N 10°51'E).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis breeding  1989  115-175 breeding pairs  B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla breeding  1998  present  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  1989  2,300-2,600 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  1989  130 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1989  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1989  50,000-99,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Guissezholmen [Bird Sanctuary] Nature Reserve 41 protected area contained by site 41  
Moffen Nature Reserve 1,600 protected area contained by site 1,600  
Moseøya [Bird Sanctuary] Nature Reserve 142 protected area contained by site 142  
Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park 987,057 protected area contains site 328,300  
Skorpa [Bird Sanctuary] Nature Reserve 111 protected area contained by site 111  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National High International None328,300 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Nordvest-Spitsbergen, 356,000 ha). 41 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Guissezholmen [Bird Sanctuary], 41 ha). 1,600 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Moffen, 1,600 ha). 142 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Moseøya [Bird Sanctuary], 142 ha). 111 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Skorpa [Bird Sanctuary], 111 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: North-west Spitsbergen National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014

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