Tautra and Svaet

Vista towards the mainland
On the bridge to Tautra

Tautra and Svaet

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    1,635 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    63°34'N 10°37'E
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The Site consists of the island of Tautra and a shallow strait between Tautra and the mainland, together with the surrounding shallow intertidal marine waters. These waters and their mud- and sandflats are particularly important as a staging area in spring and autumn for many bird species, including the globally vulnerable velvet scoter (Melanitta fusca) and long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis). The common eider (Somateria mollissima) and black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) breed at the Site. As of 2022, the Site has Norway’s largest colony of breeding black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), a species considered nationally as critically endangered. The island is important for agriculture, nature conservation and as a historical area with ruins of the Tautra monastery, dating back to 1207.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • bird sanctuary - Tautra & Svaet
    • nature reserve - Tautra & Svaet
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