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Location Iceland, Vestur-Bar-astrandasýsla
Central coordinates 24o 30.00' West  65o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 440m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

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  2014  99,894 nests  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  2007  124 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  2006-2007  32,028 nests  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  2006-2007  225,912 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia breeding  2006-2008  118,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  2006-2008  160,968 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Near Threatened 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  2013  30,000 breeding pairs  poor  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2006-2014  666,926 breeding pairs  medium  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 20/10/2016

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