Country/territory: Faroe Islands (to Denmark)

IBA criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3 (2000)
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Area: 250 ha

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Ornithological Society)

Site description (baseline)
An island with rugged coasts, steep cliffs, boulder-screes, and grass slopes. Land-uses include sheep-grazing. The site comprises the seabird colonies that almost surround the island.

Key biodiversity
The island holds internationally important seabird colonies, with c.170,000 pairs of breeding seabird, including Rissa tridactyla (20,500 pairs) and Uria aalge (29,500 individuals).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Sandoy. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.