Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
An island with rugged coasts, steep cliffs, boulder-screes, and grass slopes. Land-uses include sheep-grazing. The site comprises the seabird colonies that are mainly on the north-west coast.

Key biodiversity
This is an internationally important seabird colony with c.130,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including Rissa tridactyla (9,000 pairs) and Uria aalge (16,300 individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The brown rat Rattus norvegicus, which is present on the island, poses a threat to seabird colonies.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Streymoy. Downloaded from on 09/12/2023.