Varanger Peninsula

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU breeding 2004-2014 2-10 individuals A3, B1i
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis VU breeding 2004-2013 abundant A1, A3
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC breeding 2004-2013 frequent A3
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC breeding 2014 abundant A3
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica NT breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC breeding 2005-2014 frequent A3
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC breeding 2005-2014 abundant A3
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC breeding 2005-2014 present A3
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC breeding 2005-2014 10-1,000 breeding pairs A3, B1i
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus LC breeding 2005-2014 common A3
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus LC breeding 2004-2013 max 10 breeding pairs A3
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC breeding 2004-2013 common B2
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus VU breeding 2004-2013 max 15 breeding pairs A3, B2
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus LC breeding 2004-2013 - A3, B2
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus LC breeding 2004-2013 abundant A3
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis LC breeding 2004-2013 common A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Varangerhalvøya Nasjonalpark 181,811 protected area contained by site 0
Syltefjorddalen Naturreservat 1,917 protected area contained by site 0
Persfjorden-Syltefjorden Landskapsvernområde 24,753 protected area overlaps with site 0
Oksevatnet Landskapsvernområde 547 protected area overlaps with site 0
Barvikmyran og Blodskytodden Naturreservat 2,649 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs, Fens, transition mires and springs, Raised bogs, Rivers and streams, Standing freshwater -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs, Scree & boulders -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Varanger Peninsula. Downloaded from on 26/09/2020.