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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.

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  

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eldey. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/07/2014

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