Grímsey, Eyjafirdi

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Grímsey, Eyjafirdi. Downloaded from on 21/08/2019.