Grand Turk Salinas and Shores

Country/territory: Turks and Caicos Islands (to UK)

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B4i (2007)
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Area: 268 ha

Site description
Abandoned salt-pans, wells and adjacent coasts throughout Grand Turk, including ones viewable in the centre of TCI's capital. Includes Town Salina, North Salina, South Salina, Great Salina, Hawkes Pond Salina & Hawkes Nest Salina and nearby shores.

Key biodiversity
An important site bioregionally for waterbird populations. The Vulnerable Piping Plover has been seen during the Non-breeding season. Other waterbirds with populations of Caribbean significance include: Brown Pelican (60 individuals); Wilson's Plover (30 breeding pairs), Laughing Gull (900 individuals), Royal Tern (40 individuals), and Sandwich Tern (60 individuals).

Non-bird biodiversity: Turtle nesting areas on some beaches: Chelonia midas (EN), Eretmochelys imbricata (CR), Caretta caretta (EN), with important nesting beaches.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Grand Turk Salinas and Shores. Downloaded from on 28/11/2021.