Wades Green and Teren Hill

Year of compilation: 2006

Site description
Most important remaining high forest area in Turks and Caicos Islands. In vicinity of two major historic plantation ruins in nw North Caicos.

Key biodiversity
The globally threatened Blue-headed Quail Dove, a Cuban endangered endemic is recorded occasionally. It is the only recorded location on TCI for this species but its rare occurrence does not qualify the site for A1 status. The site is important for restricted-range species including the Pearly-eyed Thrasher, , for which it is probably the most important area in TCI. Also the Bahama Woodstar and Thick-billed Vireo. Biome-restricted species include: Key West Quail-dove for which it is probably the most important area in TCI, Stripe-headed Tanager and the Cuban Crow. The site contributes to a network for these species,

Non-bird biodiversity: Site for several endemic reptiles, including one rediscovered following presumed extinction. These include: the gecko Aristelliger hechti (CR), Curly Tail Leiocephalus psammodromus, Caicos Islands Reef Gecko Sphaerodactylus caicosensis; and the one endemic species of snake: the Caicos Islands Trope Boa Tropidophis greenwayi. In addition there are three further lizards that are endemic at the subspecific level: Turks & Caicos Bark Anole Anolis scriptus scriptus, Turks & Caicos Rock Iguana, Cyclura carinata carinata (CR; the only subspecies of Cyclura carinata found outside the Turks & Caicos Islands is confined to the small island of Booby Cay off nearby Mayaguana); Mabuya Skink ,Mabuya mabouya sloanei (or slippery back or snake-doctor); and one snake: Bahaman Rainbow Boa Epicrates chrysogaster chrysogaster.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
TCI Executive Council agreed a 99-year lease to TCNT for the central buildings area at Wades Green on 17 Nov 1999, because of historic importance. TCNT manages that site. A wider area needs protection for biodiversity interest, but boundaries are only now being defined because of the recent discovery of this interest. The area falls within the remit of the TCNT Biodiversity Management Plan. Nature Reserve status and TCNT management are needed over the rest of the area to recognise natural importance.

Protected areas

Habitat and land use
It is the most important area in TCI for high forest, the dominant vegetation prior to about 1800.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wades Green and Teren Hill. Downloaded from on 05/12/2022.