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Location Iceland, Gullbringusýsla
Central coordinates 22o 42.00' West  64o 4.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3
Area 1,330 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A wildlife-rich coastal area with rocky shores, beaches and estuarine intertidal flats on Rosmhvalanes, west and north of Keflavík airport. The area extends from Hvalnes to the village of Gardur. There are also some dry grasslands by the coast.

Key Biodiversity The area supports important numbers of coastal waterbirds outside the breeding season, including staging waders on passage (max. 4,000 in May). Thousands of large gulls winter in the area (Larus argentatus, L. glaucoides, L. hyperboreus and L. marinus). Numbers of breeding species are also notable, including Somateria mollissima (over 1,000 pairs) and Sterna paradisaea (a few thousand pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1987-1989  91-112 individuals  B3  Least Concern 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima winter  40,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres passage  1990  900 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  1987-1989  792-1,200 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Sanderling Calidris alba passage  1989-1990  1,176-1,374 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima winter  1987-1989  1,263-1,676 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  70%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stafnes-Gardur. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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