Aerial view of Horta


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    3,158 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    65°12'N 11°25'E
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The Site is a small marine archipelago consisting of small islands, islets and skerries, and the fjords between them. The landscape is dominated by remnants of cultivated farmland, narrow mires, bogs, coastal heathlands, and islets with vegetation influenced by natural seabird fertilization. Its shallow marine waters with seaweed beds and kelp forests are rich in marine invertebrates and fish. The Site is an important breeding area for threatened birds such as the Baltic lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus fuscus) and the Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea). The Site is also an important breeding area for species such as the black guillemot, the red-throated loon, the common eider and cormorants. Common eider and greylag goose breed and moult in the area in considerable numbers. It also hosts stable populations of Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) and common murre (Uria aalge). The Site is used by scientists for seabird monitoring and geological research, and by private landowners as a holiday site. The surrounding seas are used for fishing. There has been some kelp trawling just outside the boundaries of the Site, which could possibly affect seabirds that breed within the area and feed around it. A management plan is being implemented to conserve the botanical, zoological and geological assets, including elements of the semi-natural landscape.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Bird Protection Area - Horta
    • Nature Reserve - Horta
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