Holmöarna Archipelago

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 25,000 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 high not assessed medium
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Site description
An archipelago located 10 km from the Swedish mainland and 15 km from the outer Finnish skerries. The larger islands support Picea, Alnus and Betula forests and areas of bog. Of the four largest islands only the most northerly is inhabited. Access to the southern island is restricted due to military activity.

Key biodiversity
The IBA holds a rich breeding bird fauna, including marine species (for example, Melanitta fusca, Stercorarius parasiticus and Cepphus grylle) as well as those of taiga forest (for example, Tetrao urogallus, Grus grus and Strix uralensis). The spring and autumn migration periods see large numbers of seabirds and passerines pass through.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Holmöarna Archipelago. Downloaded from on 16/04/2021.