Northeast Svalbard Nature Reserve

Country/territory: Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway)

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3 (2014)
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Area: 5,694,950 ha

Site description (baseline)
The Nature Reserve covers all of the islands of Nordaustlandet, Kvitøya and Kong Karls Land, as well as the north-east coast of Spitsbergen. Habitats are mainly ice-covered tundra and marsh vegetation; the sea cliffs are the most important habitat for birds.

Key biodiversity
Uria lomvia breeds in notable numbers on sea cliffs at Alkefjellet (45,000-50,000 birds) and at Wahlbergøya (8,000 birds).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Northeast Svalbard Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.