Karlsö Islands

Country/territory: Sweden

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, B1ii, B3, C3, C4 (2000)
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Area: 8,800 ha

Protection status:

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description
Two islands with cliffs situated off south-west Gotland. The tops of the islands are flat and support Juniperus and a few copses. Sheep-grazing is the only land-use.

Key biodiversity
The IBA supports large numbers of breeding seabirds, including c.75% of the Baltic breeding population of Uria aalge. Numbers of Alca torda have increased by 50% over the last decade.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karlsö Islands. Downloaded from on 04/12/2020.