Farewell Spit

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
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

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Farewell Spit Nature Reserve 11,347 is identical to site 0


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Farewell Spit. Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.