Koltur to become a nature reserve
The island of Koltur will soon become the country’s first major nature reserve and natural science research field station.
This became clear after Danish fund Aage V. Jensens Fonde granted the Faroese National Museum DKK 2 million for research into the flora and fauna of Koltur.
The new funding will finance three years of research into the diversity of plants, birds and invertebrates on the island. Pilot work for this project started in 2019.
Parts of the island will be restored to a more pristine condition to give an indication of what Faroese nature was like prior to man-made development.
According to the National Museum, the project will form a strong basis for future research in the natural sciences and will go some way toward shrinking the knowledge gap within natural sciences in the North Atlantic region.
With 109 plant species, Koltur is believed to provide a good representation of the general flora and fauna in the Faroes.
Read the Faroese version of this article here.
Translated by prosa.fo