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Location Iceland, Borgarfjardarsýsla
Central coordinates 21o 55.00' West  64o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 1,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description Estuarine bays lying 10 km north-east of the town of Akranes, with small offshore islands, beaches and intertidal flats. Eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima) is practised (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity There are also notable numbers of staging Haematopus ostralegus (1,000-2,000), Pluvialis apricaria (a few thousand), Calidris alpina and Charadrius hiaticula.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1995-1996  4,980-4,983 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1990  2,600-6,800 individuals  medium  B1i  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Grunnafjordur Nature Reserve 1,327 protected area contained by site 1,470  
Grunnafjördur Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,470 protected area contained by site 1,470  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,470 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Grunnafjördur, 1,470 ha). 1,470 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Grunnafjördur, 1,470 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Innstavogsnes-Grunnafjördur. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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