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Location Faroe Islands (to Denmark)
Central coordinates 6o 18.00' West  62o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 1,118 ha
Altitude 0 - 600m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Orginithological Society) (Affiliate)

Site description An island with rugged coasts, steep cliffs, boulder-screes, grass slopes, and moorland areas to 600 m. Land-uses include sheep- grazing.

Key Biodiversity This is an internationally important seabird colony with c.80,000 pairs of breeding seabird, including Rissa tridactyla (2,500 pairs) and Uria aalge (23,700 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1989  25,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1989  50 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  1989  100 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1989  15,000 breeding pairs  B1ii  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1989  20,000-49,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Coastline Scree and boulders; 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: Fugloy. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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