Year of compilation: 2000
An offshore island with sea cliffs and grasslands. Land-uses include sheep farming, fishing, tourism, collection of eggs of Uria aalge
, and traditional harvesting of adult puffins Fratercula arctica
Huge numbers of seabird breed; other common species include Fulmarus glacialis
, Uria lomvia
(c.7,100 pairs) and Sterna paradisaea
(hundreds of pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Disturbance of birds by tourists and hunters is a threat, as is egg-collecting. The area is on the list of sites of conservation interest in the Nature Conservation Register.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Grímsey, Eyjafirdi. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 23/04/2019.