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Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park


Site description (2006 baseline):

Site location and context
Located in South Central New Providence, Harrold and Wilson Ponds encompass 250 acres of wetlands. An exceptional educational and ecotourism site, a stone's throw from the nation's capital and tourism hub, this area is an invaluable addition to the country's national parks system.

Key biodiversity
More than 100 avian species, including the island's highest concentration of herons, egrets, ibises and cormorants have been identified there, providing confirmation that the area is an indespensable habitat for birdlife on New Providence.

Habitat and land use
A freshwater wetland area, partially used for agriculture, commercial, residential and ecotourism.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Agriculture with its use of fertilizers and pesticides.Commercial chicken farm creating pollution by the dumping of body parts.Housing development and squatters create pollutin and utilize illegal dumping to reclaim land.Invasive plant species such as casurinas and brazillian pepper propagate at such a fast rate they will gradually crowd out the native species.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/harrold-and-wilson-ponds-national-park-iba-bahamas on 10/12/2023.