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    39,710 ha
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    76°34'N 16°40'E
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Sørkapp. 12/11/2010; Sørkappøya island, Svalbard; 39,710 ha; 76º34N 016º40E; Nature Reserve, National Park. The site includes shallow and nutrient rich sea areas, islands, numerous ponds and lakes, streams, small rivers and further inland ice covered mountain ridges. It is characterised by permafrost and erosion from wind, ice and the sea and mainly covered by spotted grass vegetation. Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta hyperborea is the only bird species wintering on land. A few bird species like Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis and gulls and auks might occasionally overwinter in areas free of sea ice, but most bird species are migratory. Waders, goose species and seabirds are the dominant groups. Some of these breeding species are listed on the Norwegian (and Svalbard) Red List including Red Knot Calidris canutus (EN) and Sanderling Calidris alba (VU). 19 species of marine mammals can be observed in the area, including Svalbard Reindeer Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus and Arctic Fox Vulpes lagopus, and Polar Bear Ursus maritimus. Permafrost areas and mires represent important carbon reservoirs. There are several cultural heritage sites relating to Russian (17th century) and Norwegian (19th century) wintering including graves, huts and hunting traps. Ramsar Site no. 1965. Most recent RIS information: 2011.

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