IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2015

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC passage 2010 16,038 individuals A4i, B1i
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 1973-2007 4,116 nests A4i, B1i, B3
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2008-2010 3,896-4,127 breeding pairs B1i
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla VU breeding 2006 10,313 nests B2
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus LC resident 1989 4,500-5,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus LC resident 1973 12,000-18,000 individuals A4i, B1i, B3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 200,000-210,000 individuals A4iii
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1973-2010 500,000-999,999 individuals A4iii

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)
Vatnsfjörð ur Nature Reserve (Landscape) 20,000 protected area contained by site 20,000
Vatnsfjordur Fridland 20,004 protected area overlaps with site 0
Melrakkaey Fridland 7 protected area contained by site 9
Hrisey, Reykholahreppi Fridland 26 protected area contained by site 40
Flatey Fridland 85 protected area contained by site 100
Breidafjordur Serlog 284,304 protected area contained by site 300,000


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters, Salt marshes, Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets -
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Land use

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

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