Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An island and two islets with rugged coasts and steep grass-covered slopes. Land-uses include sheep-grazing. The site comprises the seabird colonies that are mainly on the north-west, west and south-west coasts.

Key biodiversity
This is an internationally important seabird colony with over 50,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including Rissa tridactyla (8,400 pairs) and Uria aalge (2,700 individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The brown rat Rattus norvegicus, which is present on the island but not the islets, poses a threat to seabird colonies.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vágar. Downloaded from on 24/01/2021.