Stafford Creek to Andros Town

Site description (2006 baseline):

Site location and context
This site is located along the northeast coastline in Central Andros. The main settlements from north to south are, Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek, Coakley Town and Andros Town also known as Fresh Creek.

Key biodiversity
This is one of the few sites where all the Bahamas endemics can be found, Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Yellowthroat and Bahama Swallow. This is a great site to find most of the resident Bahama birds including Great Lizard-Cuckoo, Zenaida Dove, Key West Quail-Dove, Cuban Emerald, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Cuban Pewee and many others. It is also an excellent location to observe migrant warblers and shorebirds.

Habitat and land use
This site encompasses many different habitats such as pine forest, coppice, wetland, blue hole and coastline. The landuse is just as diverse, domestic and commercial agriculture on a fairly large scale, fly, sport, and commercial fishing, ecotourism, general tourism and research.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Development and Agriculture threaten vital habitats and hunting cause disturbance of birds.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
There are two centres for research in the area: Forfar Field Station located about midway between Stafford and Staniard Creeks, a field site of the International Field Studies Program. Bahamas Environmental and Research Centre located at Staniard Creek, a joint project of George Mason University and College of the Bahamas.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Stafford Creek to Andros Town. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.