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Location Faroe Islands (to Denmark)
Central coordinates 6o 49.00' West  61o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 999 ha
Altitude 0 - 392m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Orginithological Society) (Affiliate)

Site description An island with rugged coasts, steep cliffs, boulder-screes, and coastal grass slopes. Land-uses include sheep-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site holds internationally important seabird colonies, with c.280,000 pairs of breeding seabird, including Rissa tridactyla (22,900 pairs).

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  10,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1989  20,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1989  40 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  1989  25 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  1989  135,300 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  1989  150 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1989  40,000 breeding pairs  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 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: Skúvoy. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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