Aerial view of Forlandsøyane


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    540 ha
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    78°20'N 11°34'E
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The Site includes three islands and several rocky islets in the western Svalbard archipelago. One of the islands is completely bare, while the others are grass-covered and feature small ponds. The shorelines are formed by cliffs and sandy beaches. The surrounding seas are shallow and nutrient-rich. The Site supports breeding colonies of goose species nesting in Svalbard, the pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus), the brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota), as well as of waterbirds as such as glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus). The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) breeds here. The traditional collection of eider down is permitted occasionally. The Site is part of the Forlandet National Park. There is no use of the Site for tourism and visits to the nature reserve are forbidden during the bird breeding season.

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    • National Park - Forlandet
    • Nature Reserve - Forlandsøyane
    • bird sanctuary - Forlandsøyane
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