IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU passage 1998 60 individuals A1
King Eider Somateria spectabilis LC winter - 1,500-7,500 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT winter 1989 5,000-6,000 individuals B1i
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri VU winter - 10,000-112,000 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC breeding - present A3
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica NT breeding - present A3
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii LC breeding - present A3
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC winter 1989 1,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC breeding - present A3
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus LC breeding - present A3
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus LC breeding - present A3
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus LC resident - present A3
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus LC breeding - present A3
Redpoll Acanthis flammea LC breeding - present A3
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus LC breeding - present A3
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis LC breeding - present A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 50,000-99,999 individuals A4iii
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 1996 20,000-49,999 breeding pairs A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Varangerbotn Naturreservat 19 unknown 0
Storelvosen Naturreservat 22 unknown 0
Nesseby Naturreservat 9 unknown 0
Ekkerøya Naturreservat 67 protected area contained by site 165
Bugøynes Plantelivsfredning 0 unknown 0
Bigganjarga Naturminne 1 unknown 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland, Scrub -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches, Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets, Sand dunes & beaches -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Varangerfjord. Downloaded from on 04/12/2022.