Buchanan Point lies on the northeastern coast of Laurie Island. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and comprises the ice-free coastal area between the eastern side of Mackintosh Cove and Buchanan Point.
The nearest research station is Orcadas (ARG) which is located 15 km to the west. Orcadas operates year-round with around 45 personnel present in summer and 14 in winter (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 01/09/2010).
Approximately 10 300 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were recorded breeding on the northeastern coast of Laurie Island in 1983 (Poncet & Poncet 1985). Of these, 6500 pairs were located at Buchanan Point, at the southern extent of the site, whilst 3800 pairs were breeding in the coastal area of Mackintosh Cove.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Buchanan Point, Laurie Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2020.