Sidney Channel

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Brandt's Cormorant Urile penicillatus LC passage 1995 900 individuals A4i
Mew Gull Larus canus LC passage 1995 500 individuals A4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Sidney Spit Marine Provincial Park 400 protected area overlaps with site 330
Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary 150 protected area contained by site 140
McDonald Provincial Park 468 protected area overlaps with site 10
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Of Canada National Park 3,695 protected area overlaps with site 3

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Sidney Channel. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.