Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The Froan archipelago consists of hundreds of islands, islets and skerries. Most of the islands are low and undulating, with rock outcrops, moorland and small bogs. Only the islands of Sauøya and Sørbuøya are inhabited at present.

Key biodiversity
Up to 17 Gavia adamsii and eight Gavia immer winter in the area.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The large concentrations of moulting and wintering waterbirds in the area are extremely vulnerable to oil pollution.

Protected areas
National High International None40,400 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Froan, 40,400 ha). 12,000 ha of IBA covered by Flora and Fauna Protection Area (Froan Animal Protection Area, 12,000 ha). 8,000 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Froan, 8,000 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Froan. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.