Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii (1998)
For more information about IBA criteria please click here

Area: 33,400 ha

BirdLife South Africa

Site summary
The subantarctic Prince Edward Island group, consisting of Marion Island and Prince Edward Island, lies in the southern Indian Ocean, c.2,300 km south-east of Cape Town and 250 km north of the Antarctic Polar Front. The islands are surrounded by steep coastal cliffs, between 5 m and 500 m high, with very few beaches. A large proportion of the islands consist of poorly drained coastal plains and slopes.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.