Lakes Alexandrina and Albert

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae LC non-breeding 1979-1996 1,811-5,462 individuals A4i
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides LC unknown 2007 21,525 individuals A4i
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus EN resident 1998-2008 rare A1
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC unknown 2000-2007 20,000-23,143 individuals A4i
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata LC non-breeding 1982-2007 3,000 individuals A4i
Fairy Tern Sternula nereis VU unknown 1998-2008 uncommon A1
Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster CR non-breeding 1981-2007 present A1

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Wyndgate (Coorong Land) Protected Area 1,094 protected area contained by site 1,088
Tolderol Game Reserve 428 protected area contained by site 428
Salt Lagoon Islands Conservation Park 76 protected area contained by site 75
Mud Islands Game Reserve 125 protected area contained by site 126
Currency Creek Game Reserve 128 protected area contained by site 128
Coorong National Park 48,991 protected area overlaps with site 10


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Melaleuca forests & woodlands -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools, Permanent herbaceous swamps & bogs, Salt marshes -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -
water management -
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Land ownership
Crown Land except for game reserves (Mud Islands: 121 ha; southern part of Tolderol Point peninsula: 449 ha; and a series of small islands at the mouth of Currency Creek: 130 ha), Salt Lagoon Islands Conservation Park (66 ha), several Aboriginal Reserves, Mundoo Pastoral company and other private land.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lakes Alexandrina and Albert. Downloaded from on 08/12/2019.