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Photo: Berglind Jóhannsdóttir.

Reykjavík’s “Puffin Island” Protected

Ten thousand seabird pairs nest on Lundey island, off the north coast of Reykjavík, which was declared a protected area yesterday by Iceland’s Environment Minister Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson. Lundey (E. Puffin Island) is appropriately named as puffins are one of the main species that breed there, while kittiwakes, black guillemots, and eider ducks also call the island home.

Lundey is located off the north coast of Reykjavík in Kollafjörður fjord, which is dotted with several islands including Akurey, Engey, Viðey and Þerney. Akurey was the first island in the fjord to be declared protected (in 2019) while the other islands have been on Iceland’s Nature Conservation Register for years. Most of the islands were once inhabited by people but they now host a variety of bird and plant life.

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Stjórnarráðið. Lundey island.

“Akurey in Kollafjörður was the first area to be protected in a protection campaign that I launched in 2018 and now it’s time for her sister, Lundey,” the Environment Minister stated. “It’s appropriately named, as the island is an important breeding and nesting area for puffins, which are under threat, and the protection is part of protecting the species here in Iceland.”

The newly-protected area measures 1.74km2 (0.67mi2) and stretches across the island, its shoreline, and the seabed surrounding it. In addition to being an important nesting site, Lundey is home to diverse plant life including common meadow grass, green sorrel, arctic fescue, and meadow buttercup.

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