An island with cliffs and steep slopes, partly covered with boulders, grassland and heath. There is sheep-grazing.
An important seabird colony, the largest in southern Norway. Breeding numbers of Stercorarius skua (15 pairs) and S. parasiticus (3 pairs) are also noteworthy. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding visitor; probably breeds too).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is vulnerable to oil pollution. Public access to the Nature Reserve is restricted between 1 April and 31 August. The IBA lies within an area of wildlife protection (comprising 9,000 ha of sea and 700 ha of land).
National Partial International None265 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Runde and Grasøyane, 265 ha).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Runde. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 31/03/2023.