Posted by : Muhammad Khalid Thursday, 26 June 2014

Sandoy  is the first of the five southern islands that make up the Faroe chain, the fifth biggest of all the Faroe Islands, an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark. As of 2011, the largest population center on the island is the village of Sandur with a population of 599. Other settlements include Skarvanes, Skopun, Skalavik, Husavik and Dalur. There are similarly named islands, Sanday in the Orkney Islands, Sanday in the Inner Hebrides and Sandyo in Norway. The island's surrounding bird cliffs and steep slopes have been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because of their significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially Northern Fulmars (50,000 pairs), Manx Shearwaters (5000 pairs), European Storm Petrels (50,000 pairs), European Shags (150 pairs), Great Skuas (15 pairs), Atlantic Puffins (70,000 pairs) and Black Guillemots (400 pairs). An additional IBA on the island comprises the lowland areas around the village of Sandur, with their moorland and peat bogs, and the lakes Grothusvatn, Litlavatn, Sandsvatn and Storavatn, because they support 100-150 breeding pairs of Whimbrels.  Source

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