- Site number:1952
- Area:10,721.8 ha
- Designation date:12-11-2010
- Coordinates:58°54'N 05°29'E
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This Site includes a large number of small islands, skerries and islets surrounded by shallow seas. Several islands have shallow ponds and lakes with saltwater influence; the vegetation cover is mostly sparse. The highly diverse marine ecosystems harbour extensive areas of shell sand and kelp Laminaria hyperborean. The Site is located just off the coast of mainland Jæren (and the Jæren wetland system, Ramsar Site no. 309) and provides ecological continuity as well as one of the main migrating routes for regional and international birdlife. It is an important staging, moulting and breeding area for seabirds including the highest national population of breeding European shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis with over 4,500 pairs, moulting common eider Somateria mollissima and several nationally red-listed species such as the vulnerable Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica and black guillemot Cepphus grylle, and the critically endangered common guillemot Uria aalge. The common seal Phoca vitulina and the grey seal Halichoerus grypus also visit. The Site is part of the earliest prehistoric settlement area in Norway and remains an actively managed cultural landscape.
- National legal designation:
- Biotope Protected Area (Sanctuary)
- Nature Reserve - Kjørholmane
- Last publication date:09-07-2018