Farewell Spit

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2014 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
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus VU resident - present A1
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator LC breeding 1985-2011 1,204-4,819 breeding pairs A4ii
Black-billed Gull Larus bulleri NT non-breeding 2012 min 31 breeding pairs A1
Black-fronted Tern Chlidonias albostriatus EN non-breeding 2012 min 5 breeding pairs A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Farewell Spit Nature Reserve 11,347 is identical to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Wetlands (inland) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Forest -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Farewell Spit. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.