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Location Iceland, Eyjafjar-arsýsla
Central coordinates 18o 23.00' West  66o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 767 ha
Altitude 0 - 110m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description An inshore island in the Eyjafjördur firth, opposite the town of Dalvík. There is a village on the island. Land-uses include eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima). No grazing is allowed.

Key Biodiversity Lagopus mutus occurs at high density (up to 40 males/km2), and a variety of waders also breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  2014  2,300 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  2014  9,800 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2014  14,494 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  70%
Grassland   30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
agriculture minor
Notes: Eider down farming.

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hrísey. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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