Jameson Point, Low Island

Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 34 ha

Protection status:

Site description

Low Island is the southernmost of the South Shetland Islands, and is situated in the western region of Bransfield Strait. Jameson Point is a small headland that lies on the western coast of Low Island. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and includes the ice free area ~1 km north of Jameson Point.

ASPA No. 152 Western Bransfield Strait covers the marine area adjacent to the west of Jameson Point, more information on which is available under IBA Cape Garry, Low Island. The IBA lies outside of the ASPA.

The nearest permanent scientific stations to Jameson Point are Decepción (ARG) and Gabriel de Castilla (ESP), located ~80 km to the northeast at Deception Island. These summer-only stations have a combined capacity of 90 people.

Key biodiversity

Approximately 20 000 to 35 000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were breeding at Jameson Point in 1987 (Shuford & Spear 1988b). Information on other birds breeding in the area is not available.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jameson Point, Low Island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.