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Location Iceland, Gullbringusýsla
Central coordinates 22o 58.00' West  63o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2
Area 1 ha
Altitude 0 - 77m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A small, rocky island, 14 km south-west of Reykjanes in south-west Iceland.

Key Biodiversity Other common breeding seabirds are Rissa tridactyla (3,000 pairs), Uria aalge (2,700 pairs) and Uria lomvia (510 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus breeding  1983-1994  14,100-14,194 nests  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1983-1994  10,000-19,999 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Eldey Nature Reserve 1,409 protected area contains site 1  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National High International None1 ha of IBA covered by Scientific Reserve (Eldey, 2 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eldey. Downloaded from on 04/10/2015

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