Skjernøy, South Skerries

Country/territory: Norway

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3 (2000)
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Area: 100 ha

Protection status:

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description
The southernmost site in Norway: nine islets to the south of Skjernøy, named Store Slettingen, Lille Slettingen, Store Vengelsholmen, Lille Vengelsholmen, Skjøringen, Sandøy, Odden, Hellersøy, and Maurholmen. The islets are jagged, rocky outcrops with minimal vegetation (patches of grass and herbs, with juniper Juniperus scrub on some, especially Sandøy). They are surrounded by deep water, but there are many small skerries in the area.

Key biodiversity
Larus argentatus and Somateria mollissima also breed in some numbers at the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Skjernøy, South Skerries. Downloaded from on 28/07/2021.