Country/territory: Iceland

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3 (2015)
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Area: 13,898 ha

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description (2000 baseline)
The site comprises all of the islands (and surrounding waters) in this offshore archipelago. Traditional harvesting of seabirds takes place (`Other' land-use): the eggs of Fulmarus glacialis and auks; the young, mainly of Sula bassana; and adults of Fratercula arctica.

Key biodiversity
More than one million pairs of seabirds breed here, including the largest congregation of breeding Oceanodroma leucorhoa in Europe, more than 90% of breeding Hydrobates pelagicus in Iceland, and 100% of breeding Puffinus puffinus in Iceland.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Vestmannaeyjar. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.