Barnard Point, Livingston Island

Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 156 ha

Protection status:

Site description

Barnard Point lies at the southern extremity of Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands. The ice-free area rises to over 250 m in the east where it meets the permanent ice cap. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and comprises the coastal part of the ice-free area at Barnard Point.

The nearest permanent scientific stations are Juan Carlos I (ESP), a summer-only facility with capacity for ~25 personnel, and Ohridiski (BGR), with capacity for 12 people, located on Hurd Peninsula ~11 km to the northwest (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 10/05/2011).

No meteorological records are available for Barnard Point, although the climate is expected to be similar to that of Base Juan Carlos I, more information on which can be found under IBA Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island.

Key biodiversity

Approximately 13 000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin and 600 pairs of Gentoo Penguin ( Pygoscelis papua ) were breeding at Barnard Point in 1987 (S. & J. Poncet pers. comm., cited in Woehler 1993). A small number of Southern Giant Petrels ( Macronectes giganteus ) breed at Barnard Point, estimated at 30 breeding pairs in 1986 (Patterson et al. 2008).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barnard Point, Livingston Island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.