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Location Canada, British Columbia
Central coordinates 128o 49.87' West  50o 48.05' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 120,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 312m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description The Scott Islands are a group of five islands extending in a line westward from 10 to 46 km offshore of Cape Scott at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. The inner two islands, Cox and Lanz, are large forested islands, whereas the outer two, Triangle and Sartine, are completely treeless. Beresford, the smallest island, lies in the middle of the chain and exhibits transitional features.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cassin's Auklet Ptychoramphus aleuticus breeding  1989  990,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata breeding  1989  41,700 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata breeding  1989  34,900 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1989  500,000-999,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Anne Vallée (Triangle Island) Ecological Reserve 980 protected area contained by site 980  
Beresford Island Ecological Reserve 425 protected area contained by site 420  
Cape Scott Provincial Park 22,220 protected area overlaps with site 140  
Lanz and Cox Islands Provincial Park 5,556 protected area contained by site 5,500  
Sartine Island Ecological Reserve 1,091 protected area contained by site 1,100  
Scott Islands Park Provincial Park 336 protected area contained by site 9,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest  -
Sea Open sea  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Scott Island Group. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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