Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve (Lord Howe Island IBA)

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda LC resident 2004 500-1,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Lord Howe Woodhen Hypotaenidia sylvestris EN resident 1999-2002 147-205 individuals A1, A2
Providence Petrel Pterodroma solandri LC resident 2002 32,000 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica LC resident - 10,000-100,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes NT resident 2002 17,462 breeding pairs A4ii
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis LC resident 1971-2004 4,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Blue Noddy Anous ceruleus LC resident 1996-2004 100-1,000 breeding pairs A4i
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1971-2002 64,000-155,500 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2019 very unfavourable high low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes habitat -

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Forest Rainforest & vine thickets 0 0 moderate (70-90%) very poor (< 40%) very unfavourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Lord Howe Island Group World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 146,500 protected area contains site 1,176
Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve 1,314 protected area overlaps with site 1,175
Lord Howe Island Marine Park 46,852 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lord Howe Island Marine Park 46,852 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lord Howe Island Marine Park 46,852 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Improved grassland & pasture -
Forest Rainforest & vine thickets -
Shrubland Other shrublands -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
urban/industrial/transport -

Land ownership
Private and Lord Howe Board

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve (Lord Howe Island IBA). Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/lord-howe-island-permanent-park-preserve-(lord-howe-island-iba)-iba-australia on 07/12/2023.