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The Biodiversity of Iceland

The Biodiversity of Iceland

This mission aims at helping to document Icelandic biodiversity. The mission welcomes all your observations of Icelandic wildlife, in all Project Noah categories of organisms. Do not forget to describe the Habitat where the spotting was made. Please try and avoid captive or cultivated species. Sign in to join mission

The Biodiversity of Iceland
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Iceland’s climate and isolation make it unique in terms of fauna and flora. The only native land mammal prior to human settling is the Arctic fox, and the island counts less than 1300 species of insects. Birds are a significant and most visible part of Icelandic fauna. For some bird species, the national population size is so large that the Icelandic population is a significant part of the European or even the world total population. Icelandic ecosystems and habitats are threatened by reduced woodland, soil erosion and global drivers such as climate change and invasive species.

The Biodiversity of Iceland

Lat: 64.89 Long: -18.63

Recent Spottings

Foca común (Common seal) kozoga 4 0 Foca común (Common seal)
Gaviota reidora (Black-headed gull) kozoga 2 0 Gaviota reidora (Black-headed gull)
Porrón bastardo (Greater scaup) kozoga 5 0 Porrón bastardo (Greater scaup)
Gaviota sombría (Lesser black-backed gull) kozoga 5 0 Gaviota sombría (Lesser black-backed gull)
Chorlitejo grande (Ringed plover) kozoga 2 0 Chorlitejo grande (Ringed plover)
Ánsar común (Greylag goose) kozoga 1 0 Ánsar común (Greylag goose)
Gaviota tridáctila (Black-legged kittiwake) kozoga 1 0 Gaviota tridáctila (Black-legged kittiwake)
Colimbo grande (Common loon) kozoga 1 0 Colimbo grande (Common loon)
Colimbo chico (Red-throated loon) kozoga 8 5 Colimbo chico (Red-throated loon)
Cisne cantor (Whooper swan) kozoga 1 0 Cisne cantor (Whooper swan)
Zorzal alirrojo (Redwing) kozoga 1 0 Zorzal alirrojo (Redwing)
Yubarta (Humpback whale) kozoga 6 4 Yubarta (Humpback whale)
Eider común (Common eider) kozoga 4 0 Eider común (Common eider)
Arao aliblanco (Black guillemot) kozoga 2 1 Arao aliblanco (Black guillemot)
Eider común (Common eider) kozoga 4 0 Eider común (Common eider)
Fulmar boreal (Northern fulmar) kozoga 3 0 Fulmar boreal (Northern fulmar)
Charrán ártico (Arctic tern) kozoga 6 0 Charrán ártico (Arctic tern)
Cisne cantor (Whooper swan) kozoga 1 0 Cisne cantor (Whooper swan)
Silbón europeo (Eurasian wigeon) kozoga 3 0 Silbón europeo (Eurasian wigeon)
Zampullín cuellirrojo (Horned grebe) kozoga 3 0 Zampullín cuellirrojo (Horned grebe)
Yubarta (Humpback whale) kozoga 4 0 Yubarta (Humpback whale)
Fulmar boreal (Northern fulmar) kozoga 7 0 Fulmar boreal (Northern fulmar)
Yubarta (Humpack whale) kozoga 2 0 Yubarta (Humpack whale)
Zarapito trinador (Whimbrel) kozoga 7 0 Zarapito trinador (Whimbrel)
Arao aliblanco (Black guillemot) kozoga 1 0 Arao aliblanco (Black guillemot)
Charrán ártico (Arctic tern) kozoga 7 4 Charrán ártico (Arctic tern)
Charrán ártico (Arctic tern) kozoga 2 0 Charrán ártico (Arctic tern)
White Beaked Dolphin Mary Alliston Butt 2 0 White Beaked Dolphin
Arctic Fox Mary Alliston Butt 4 0 Arctic Fox
Humpback Whale Mary Alliston Butt 4 1 Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale Mary Alliston Butt 2 0 Humpback Whale
Atlantic Puffin Mary Alliston Butt 12 0 Atlantic Puffin
Arctic Tern Mary Alliston Butt 1 0 Arctic Tern
Arctic Fox Mary Alliston Butt 4 0 Arctic Fox
Icelandic Horse Mary Alliston Butt 1 0 Icelandic Horse
Harbour Seal or Common Seal Mary Alliston Butt 1 1 Harbour Seal or Common Seal
Unidentified flower DanielePralong 5 3 Unidentified flower
Marsh marigold - Hófsóley DanielePralong 2 2 Marsh marigold - Hófsóley
Common cotton grass DanielePralong 5 3 Common cotton grass
Lady Smock DanielePralong 3 2 Lady Smock
Mountain avens DanielePralong 2 0 Mountain avens
Mossy Saxifrage Isa Goeldner 1 0 Mossy Saxifrage
Golden root Isa Goeldner 1 0 Golden root
Fradinho, Papagaientaucher Isa Goeldner 1 0 Fradinho, Papagaientaucher
Moss campion or Cushion Pink Isa Goeldner 0 3 Moss campion or Cushion Pink
Rock Ptarmigan Marek Koszorek 2 1 Rock Ptarmigan
Pug moth DanielePralong 4 6 Pug moth
Smal rockfish Marek Koszorek 0 1 Smal rockfish
Whooper Swan Marek Koszorek 1 1 Whooper Swan
Golden Root DanielePralong 14 8 Golden Root

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