Rocks off Fourchu Head

Country/territory: Canada

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 1 ha

Birds Canada / Nature Canada

Site description
The Rocks off Fourchu Head are located on the southeast coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Fourchu Head, which juts out over two kilometres eastward into the Atlantic Ocean, is located just south of Fourchu Bay, and approximately three kilometres east of the town of Fourchu. This small series of rocks are located offshore, just off the end of Fourchu Head.

Key biodiversity
Most of North America's Great Cormorants are found in Nova Scotia (>70%). It is thought that there are about 6,200 pairs of Great Cormorants in Canada. A count on the Rocks off Forchu Head in 1983 tallied 145 pairs of cormorants, which represents at least 2% of the North American population. Considering that the population of Great Cormorants is generally increasing on the east coast, there could be more birds present today. No recent surveys have been conducted however to determine if the colony has changed in size.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rocks off Fourchu Head. Downloaded from on 14/08/2022.