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Location Iceland, Nordur-Ísafjardarsýsla
Central coordinates 22o 40.00' West  66o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2
Area 1,100 ha
Altitude 0 - 34m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description An island (200 ha) and adjacent area in the middle of the ísafjördur firth, by Snæfjallaströnd, north-north-east of ísafjördur town. Land-uses include grazing and eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima) (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity One of the largest breeding colonies of Somateria mollissima in the country, and Sterna paradisaea and Fratercula arctica are also common breeders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima resident  10,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  500-600 breeding pairs  B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds resident  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   80%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ædey. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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