Country/territory: Norway

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2 (2014)
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Area: 3,230 ha

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description
The island of Lovunden is a steep mountain with scree around the base and numerous islets and skerries offshore. On the north-east side there is a small village where the 300 inhabitants of the island live.

Key biodiversity
Lovunden is most famous for its huge breeding colony of Fratercula arctica, the size of which has, unfortunately, decreased dramatically in recent decades. The colony is occupied between April and mid-September. Haliaeetus albicilla is very common throughout the year: one can often see 8-10 birds at the same time, and 15-20 gathered in one flock is not an uncommon sight in spring or early summer.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lovunden. Downloaded from on 18/08/2022.