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Location Faroe Islands (to Denmark)
Central coordinates 6o 48.00' West  61o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 250 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Orginithological Society) (Affiliate)

Site description An island with rugged coasts, steep cliffs, boulder-screes, and grass slopes. Land-uses include sheep-grazing. The site comprises the seabird colonies that almost surround the island.

Key Biodiversity The island holds internationally important seabird colonies, with c.170,000 pairs of breeding seabird, including Rissa tridactyla (20,500 pairs) and Uria aalge (29,500 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis breeding  1989  50,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus breeding  1989  5,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1989  50,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1989  150 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  1989  15 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  70,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Vulnerable 


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: Sandoy. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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