Kitsissunnguit

The islands seen from east.
Pond on the island Innersuatsiaq.
Steep cliff at the island Angissat.
Coastal lagoon at Basisø.
Sandy beach on Niaqornaq.
Arctic terns over Saatuuarsuit, the westernmost small islands.

Kitsissunnguit

  • Country: 
    Denmark
  • Site number: 
    384
  • Area: 
    6,910 ha
  • Designation date: 
    27-01-1988
  • Coordinates: 
    68°50'N 51°55'W
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Overview

Kitsissunnguit consists of a group of low islands with predominantly rocky shorelines and their surrounding waters. Pocket beaches and lagoons are found on the bigger islands, as well as some bays with salt marshes. The Site supports an important number of bird species, being one of the most important breeding and staging sites of Greenland. Arctic terns, king eiders and Atlantic puffins are among the supported species. Arctic foxes present a threat for breeding birds, as individuals move to the islands across the winter ice. Occasionally some remain on the islands when the ice disintegrates in spring and summer, preventing terns from breeding; in some years, the disturbance can cause the Arctic terns to avoid the island. As of 2019, a management plan was being developed, which includes measures to avoid foxes during spring.

Administrative region: 
Kommune Qeqertalik

  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature proctection area
    • Area important to wildlife (Anon. 2000)
    • Ramsar site
    • Breeding bird reserve
  • Last publication date: 
    15-05-2019

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