All Awash Island

Country/territory: St Vincent and the Grenadines

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B4i, B4ii (2008)
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Area: 368 ha

Protection status:

Site description
All Awash Island is located approximately 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south of the island of Baliceaux, and 3.0 nautical miles (5.6 km) off the north-east of Mustique. As with many other small, uninhabited islands, the vegetation is mainly comprised of degraded and wind-swept Dry Scrub Woodland. Vegetation is particularly sparse along the water’s edge at the north and east. A saddle separates the thicker westerly vegetation from the more sparsely-vegetated eastern sector. The north and east of the island are relatively accessible but thicket on the west may prove a barrier. The use of All Awash by nesting seabirds has attracted annual raids by fishermen, who begin to frequent the site from around April. The waters surrounding the island are also a scuba diving attraction.

Key biodiversity
All Awash is the second most populous island for nesting seabirds (D. Hazell, and E. Bess, pers. comm.). Numbers of nesting birds total several hundreds. During the non-nesting period, seabirds forage in surrounding waters, and use the island for roosting.

Non-bird biodiversity: Information on the existence and status of endemics or other threatened species is unavailable.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: All Awash Island. Downloaded from on 14/08/2020.