Jervis Bay

Year of compilation: 2008

Site description
The peninsular from Huskisson south to St Georges Basin includes Jervis Bay NP, Booderee NP and patches of public/private land at Vincentia, Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay and Wreck Bay. It consists of coastal heath and eucalypt woodlands in patchy mosaics around some developed areas. It contains a sub-population of Eastern Bristlebird, isolated from those in the Budderoo NP/Barren Grounds NR and Nadgee NP (see relevant IBAs). The northern and western boundaries are unclear as bristlebirds disperse out, but the viability of any range extensions is unknown. The area also contains significant numbers of Ground Parrots. Beecroft Peninsula is a release site of birds from this area in an attempt to repopulate the area after devastating fires as Currambeen Creek and the urban development is a barrier preventing natural re-population between the two areas.

Key biodiversity
The IBA also supports about 200 Ground Parrots, and up to 20 Sooty Oystercatchers on Bowen Island. 3000 Chestnut Teal were recorded at Lake Windermere in 2001 (Atlas of Australian Birds database). Over 200 bird species have been recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: 26 native terrestrial mammal species have been recorded in Booderee National Park, though more are expected to occur there, and 13 marine mammal species. In addition to 17 species of terrestrial reptiles, two species of marine turtle and one sea snake species have been recorded. There are also 15 amphibian species.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Implement the management plan aim "to manage fire within the Park to protect life and property and to maintain, conserve and enhance the biological diversity of species and habitats" with special regard to the Eastern Bristlebird, and "Park staff will prepare and implement monitoring and conservation programs for the Eastern Bristlebird, in accordance with the EPBC Act and recovery plans under the Act".

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
DEC NSW has trans-located 45 Eastern Bristlebirds from Booderee National Park to the Beecroft Peninsula in 2003-2005. The species had become extirpated on Beecroft Peninsula because of extensive fires destroying the habitat, but now there are extensive areas of suitable heathland.

Protected areas
Several - see separate section.

Land ownership
Booderee National Park is jointly managed by Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and Environment Australia. Jervis Bay NP is managed by NSW NPWS. Beecroft Peninsula is managed by the Dept of Defence. The IBA also includes areas owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jervis Bay. Downloaded from on 31/10/2020.