Eastern Cape Sable Island

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC passage 1998 4,000 individuals A4i
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla NT passage 1993 250,000 individuals A4i
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus LC passage 1997 3,000 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1993-1998 100,000-499,999 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
The Hawk Protected Beach 4 protected area contained by site 5
Bulls Head Operational Parks and Reserves 3 protected area contained by site 3
Baker Inlet Operational Parks and Reserves 1 protected area contained by site 1


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate mixed -
Shrubland Scrub -
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban parks & gardens, Other urban & industrial areas -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eastern Cape Sable Island. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.