McIntyre Beach and Rose Spit

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC passage 1985 5,200 individuals A4i
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus LC passage 1983 2,100 individuals A4i

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Tow Hill Ecological Reserve Ecological Reserve 519 protected area overlaps with site 59
Rose Spit Ecological Reserve Ecological Reserve 202 protected area overlaps with site 190
Naikoon Park A - Park 69,013 protected area overlaps with site 990


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: McIntyre Beach and Rose Spit. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.