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Location Canada, British Columbia
Central coordinates 124o 12.86' West  49o 18.37' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 17,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description A site summary has not yet been written for this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  2000  5,415 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis winter  1976  4,800 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri winter  1977  960 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1985  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arbutus Grove Provincial Park 22 protected area overlaps with site 6  
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park 97 protected area contained by site 90  
Qualicum National Wildlife Area 82 protected area overlaps with site 71  
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park 347 protected area contained by site 350  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats  -
Sea Sea inlets  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Little Qualicum Estuary to Nanoose Bay. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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