Martins Bay

Year of compilation: 2014

Site description
Key biodiversity
IBA Trigger species: Fiordland Crested Penguin

Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Little Penguin, Sooty Shearwater, Pied Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Reef Heron, Paradise Shelduck, Mallard, Grey Duck, Variable Oystercatcher, Spur-winged Plover, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, White-fronted Tern, NZ Pigeon, Morepork, NZ Kingfisher, NZ Pipit, Welcome Swallow, Brown Creeper, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, South Island Tomtit, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Redpoll, Yellowhammer. More information required.

Australasian Bittern (EN) occur in the wetland areas adjacent to the mouth of the Hollyford River.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Human disturbance – Yes - Visitors staying at the Martin Bay Hut and walking the coast to Big Bay may disturb birds on the shore, or at nest sites

Predation by alien species – Yes - Stoats, rodents, possums, possibly weka, possibly weasels

Habitat loss or degradation – No
Contamination – No
Natural disaster – No
Other – No

Protected areas
Pyke Forest - Conservation Area - Protected area overlaps with site

Fiordland - National Park - Protected area overlaps with site

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Martins Bay. Downloaded from on 12/08/2022.