Sandy Island (Windy Harbour)

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii (2009)
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Area: 20 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
Sandy island is 4 km south-east of Point D'Entrecasteaux near Windy Harbour on the south-west coast of Western Australia. It is about 800 m by 300 m, flat (to 3 m) and mostly sandy; at NW end an area of limestone and unconsolidated dune occurs to 9 m. Southern coastline is rocky (migmatite). Most of the island is vegetated with Poa tussock grassland with Carpobrotus and Lobelia alata locally dominant. 46 plant species recorded.

Key biodiversity
Other breeding species recorded: Little Shearwater, Sooty Oystercatcher, Silver Gull and Fairy Tern.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sandy Island (Windy Harbour). Downloaded from on 03/12/2020.