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Location Iceland, Eyjafjar-arsýsla
Central coordinates 18o 0.00' West  66o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2
Area 2,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 105m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description An offshore island with sea cliffs and grasslands. Land-uses include sheep farming, fishing, tourism, collection of eggs of Uria aalge, and traditional harvesting of adult puffins Fratercula arctica.

Key Biodiversity Huge numbers of seabird breed; other common species include Fulmarus glacialis, Uria lomvia (c.7,100 pairs) and Sterna paradisaea (hundreds of pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  2007  32,840 nests  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  2007  67,293 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  2007  114,797 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Near Threatened 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  2012  31,609-48,909 breeding pairs  good  A1, B1ii, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2007-2012  260,577-277,877 breeding pairs  medium  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   20%
Sea Open Sea  60%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  20%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Grímsey, Eyjafirdi. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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