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Location Faroe Islands (to Denmark)
Central coordinates 7o 15.00' West  62o 4.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 175 ha
Altitude 0 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Orginithological Society) (Affiliate)

Site description An island and two islets with rugged coasts and steep grass-covered slopes. Land-uses include sheep-grazing. The site comprises the seabird colonies that are mainly on the north-west, west and south-west coasts.

Key Biodiversity This is an internationally important seabird colony with over 50,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including Rissa tridactyla (8,400 pairs) and Uria aalge (2,700 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis breeding  1989  100,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1989  5,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1989  500 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  1989  20 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  1989  400 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1989  40,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1989  100,000-499,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vágar. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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