Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Three steep, grass-covered islands: Storstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstappen. Land covers 170 ha of the site, the rest being sea.

Key biodiversity
Cliff-breeding seabirds nest mainly on Storstappen.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Planned oil production in the Barents Sea may have a negative impact on coastal and marine birds.

Protected areas
National High International None720 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Gjesværstappan, 720 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gjesværstappan. Downloaded from on 18/06/2021.