Salt Cay Creek and Salinas

Country/territory: Turks and Caicos Islands (to UK)

IBA Criteria met: A2, A4i, B4i (2007)
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Area: 251 ha

Site description
Natural creek area on the SE side of Salt Cay and abandoned salt-pans throughout the island, notably ones viewable from the roads in the settlement. This natural interest complements the historic interest of the salt industry relics.

Key biodiversity
In terms of the Caribbean, holds significant numbers of Brown Pelican (30 individuals), Wilson's Plover (30 breeding pairs), Laughing Gull (900 individuals), Royal Tern (30 individuals), Least Tern (400 individuals, 280 breeding) and Sandwich Tern (60 individuals).

Non-bird biodiversity: Shores are probably important for nesting turtles Chelonia midas (EN), Eretmochelys imbricata (CR), Caretta caretta (EN).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salt Cay Creek and Salinas. Downloaded from on 01/10/2022.