Tierra del Sol Salina

Site description (2007 baseline):

Site location and context
A natural salina situated near to the north coast at the west end of the island and within a golf course with a natural flow to the ocean. Subject to periodic drying-up and possible water management by the golf course.

Key biodiversity
A significant nesting area for great egret (Ardea alba) and snowy egret (Egretta thula). Caribbean coot (Fulica caribbaea, 170 ind.) and white-cheeked pintail (Anas bahamensis, 95 ind.) whenever water is present. The wetland contains several hundreds of shorebirds during spring and autumn migration during which time the surrounding vegetation contains several species of neo-tropical passerines, particularly warblers. A significant site for caribbean coot and white-cheeked pintail. Also used for roosting by roseate terns, cayenne terns (Thallasseus sandvicensis eurygnatha), black skimmer (Rhynchops niger) and large (>300) numbers of egrets and herons (Egretta and Ardea spp.).

Non-bird biodiversity: Not available.

Habitat and land use
Open water surrounded by desert scrub habitat

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Irregular presence of water may be exacerbated by golf course developments.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
None. Periodic counts and observations of bird numbers.

Protected areas
Situated within a privately owned golf course and may be subject to future development or change.

Land ownership
The land is own by the government and lease to organization of the Tierra del Sol Golf course, and hence the Salina at that site.

We are very thankful to the author of this information Dr. Adrian del Nevo, and Theo Wools and Facundo Franken for their review.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tierra del Sol Salina. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.