The site comprises the whole of the long island of Prins Karls Forland. The habitat is high-Arctic tundra. Bird data are available for three subsites: Forlandsøyene Bird Sanctuary (78°20'N 11°36'E), Plankeholmane Bird Sanctuary (78°12'N 12°00'E) and Fuglehuken (78°53'N 10°30'E). Forlandsøyene covers three islands and a few small skerries; one island is bare, the other two are grassy with small pools. Fuglehuken is an area of sea cliffs at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland.
There are significant numbers of breeding Branta leucopsis, and the seabird colonies at Fuglehuken are notable, especially for Uria lomvia (40,000 birds).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The current situation in the area is not known.
National High International Low64,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Forlandet, 64,000 ha). 60 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Forlandsøyene [Bird Sanctuary], 60 ha). 162 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Plankeholmane, 162 ha). 60 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Forlandsøyene, 60 ha).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Forlandet National Park. Downloaded from
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