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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 2000

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 resident  3,000-4,000 breeding pairs  B1i  Near Threatened 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  25,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  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 07/02/2016

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