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Location Iceland, Vestur-Bar-astrandasýsla
Central coordinates 24o 30.00' West  65o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 440m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A sea cliff in the westernmost part of Iceland. Half of the cliff is a sheer precipice, practically without vegetation, but the upper and more eastern parts are less steep and are covered with lush herbaceous vegetation. Rock-falls have formed screes in several places. Eggs are collected traditionally from the auks at certain places on the cliff every spring (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity The site supports huge numbers of breeding seabirds, including the largest colony of Alca torda in the world, and one of the largest colonies of Fratercula arctica in Iceland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis breeding  1985  118,439 nests  good  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  1983-1985  46,600 nests  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  1982-1989  209,000-402,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia breeding  1982-1989  80,000-164,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1985-1989  152,000-329,000 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Near Threatened 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1999  100,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1982-1989  500,000-999,999 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1983-1985  100,000-499,999 individuals  good  A4iii   


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Látrabjarg. Downloaded from on 10/02/2016

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