Low Cay, High Cay and Sandy Hook

Year of compilation: 2006

Site description (baseline)
This site is located at the southeast end of San Salvador Island. Sandy Hook is an urban subdivision of Columbus Landing Development. It is bounded on the north and west by Pigeon Creek and by Snow Bay Beach on the east with the Atlantic Ocean on its south shore. Low and High Cays are located offshore to the southeast of Sandy Hook.

Key biodiversity
Flocks of Roseate, Bridled and Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies, Audubon's Shearwaters have been seen feeding in this area during fall. Least Terns and Wilson's Plovers can be seen along the beach.

Habitat and land use
There are several habitat types at this site, sea, coastline, rocky cays, mangrove swamps and scrubland.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Further development is highly possible which will cause habitat destruction and disturbance of birds. Cays visited by tourists from Club Med Resort on jetskis and local "guides" using the cays for commercial purposes.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Low Cay, High Cay and Sandy Hook. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.