Engøya in Fjærvær. Overgrowing of beach meadow
Engøya in Fjærvær. Beach meadow and beach swamp
Fjærkvitingen - Overgrowing of rich mire facing north
Sand dunes in Fjærkvitingen
Overview of Karlsøyvær
Beach meadow at Karlsøya


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    4,936 ha
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    67°34'N 14°39'E
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The Site is a marine archipelago whose shallow waters are dotted with some 220 islets, skerries and islands featuring wet meadows, dunes and dune slacks, and brackish marshes in some parts. The climate and topography provide a diverse and varied vegetation cover, which however remains low-lying apart from some deciduous forest on a few of the islands. The Site is one of several important areas along the coast for staging, breeding, moulting and wintering seabirds from large areas of the Arctic. Threatened species such as the black guillemot Cepphus grylle and the otter Lutra lutra have stable breeding populations. Traditionally the Site was used for collection of down and eggs of the breeding common eider Somateria mollissima, but except for the sporadic collection of eggs, this practice has ceased. Other human uses include recreational activities, fishing, and sheep grazing. The archipelago is among the largest coastal conservation areas found in Norway.

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    • Nature Reserve - Karlsøyvær
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