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Birdlife

The population size and distribution of the species breeding at Hafnarhólmi in Borgarfjörður eystri have been well documented. All species are protected by law during the breeding season. The people of Iceland have made use of birds in various ways for hundreds of years although the consumption of bird meat and eggs is almost certainly declining these days. Eider down has been long harvested in Iceland and is now an important and sustainable export item. One kilogram of eider down fetches as much as 100,000 krónur and requires down from 50-60 nests. Many species of bird have benefited from the Icelandic fishing industry although there may be some competition for food between man and Puffins. Fulmars and Kittiwakes soar around fishing vessels, snapping up anything cast over board. The increase in mussel farming in recent years might lead to a conflict with the Common Eider but we should be able to live in harmony with all these birds in the future.

Borgarfjörður eystri

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WebCam at The harbour

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