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: 1,323,760 ha
Site description (baseline)
An area of high-Arctic tundra. The Bird Sanctuaries within the National Park are islands and islets with grassy vegetation, freshwater ponds and bare areas. A Polish research station is situated in the southern part of the park.
Sea cliffs at Stellingfjellet and Kovalskifjella (both on the east coast of Torrell Land) and at Sofiekammen (Gnalberget; facing Hornsund) hold important seabird colonies, while the Bird Sanctuaries are important breeding and moulting areas for Branta leucopsis and Somateria mollissima.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: South Spitsbergen National Park. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/3193 on 06/06/2023.