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South Beach Tidal Flats


Year of compilation: 2006

Site description
This site spans an area of tidal flats and rocky mangrove banks along the southeastern coastline of New Providence and freshwater wetlands on Marshall Road west of Blue Hill Road South.

Key biodiversity
This is an important stop-over, wintering site for migrant shorebirds on New Providence. During fall, winter and spring may be found Black-bellied, Semi-palmated, Wilson's and Piping Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Short-billed Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Willets, Least and Western Sandpipers, Belted Kingfishers and Red Knots. Least Terns are common in the nesting season. Migrant Warblers and resident land birds can be found in the shrubland along the shoreline. At the wetlands along Marshall Road there are egrets, herons, waterfowl and Ospreys.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Destruction of habitat due to further development and disturbance of birds by people and dogs. Pollution due to increased development and activities in the form of illegal dumping is threat.

Habitat and land use
The population in this area is expanding rapidly. The shoreline is a popular beach and picnic area. It is also a favoured launching terminal for resident fishermen.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Beach Tidal Flats. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/01/2021.