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Location Faroe Islands (to Denmark)
Central coordinates 6o 49.00' West  61o 49.00' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Orginithological Society) (Affiliate)

Site description This site includes the lowland areas around Sandur with moorland and peatbogs, and the lakes Gróthúsvatn, Sandsvatn, Stóravatn and Lítlavatn. There is hay cultivation and sheep-grazing.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1989  100-150 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  -

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: Vøtnini á Sandoy (Lakes of Sandoy). Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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