Shepody Bay West

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2008 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
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla NT passage 1991 1,122,000 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 1,000,000-2,499,999 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Shepody National Wildlife Area National Wildlife Area 1,069 protected area contained by site 1,200
Shepody Bay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 12,200 protected area overlaps with site 6,000
Mary’s Point Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,200 protected area overlaps with site 1,800


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Forest Temperate mixed -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater marshes & swamps -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Shepody Bay West. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.