Ponds of the Southeast Peninsula

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 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
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis LC breeding 1985 56 nests B4i
Least Tern Sternula antillarum LC breeding 2004 65 breeding pairs B4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
St Marys UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 4,297 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Salt pans & salinas -
Forest Mangrove -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ponds of the Southeast Peninsula. Downloaded from on 21/09/2023.