AQ021
Gosling Islands


Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 166 ha

Protection status:


Site description

The Gosling Islands are a small archipelago located several hundred metres off the southwestern coast of Coronation Island, west of Meier Point. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and comprises the Gosling Islands and a nearby ice-free headland on the southwestern coast of Coronation Island.

Information on the environment at the Gosling Islands is not available. The nearest research station is Signy (GBR), located 16 km southeast of the Gosling Islands. See IBA Signy Island for information on the environment and facilities at this station.

Key biodiversity

Approximately 10 764 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were present on the Gosling Islands and adjacent ice-free areas on the southern shoreline of Coronation Island in 1984 (Poncet & Poncet 1985). Approximately 8523 Adélie Penguin ( Pygoscelis adeliae ) chicks and 874 Gentoo Penguin ( Pygoscelis papua ) nests were also recorded in the Gosling Islands area in 1984 (Poncet & Poncet 1985).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gosling Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2020.