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Location Canada, New Brunswick
Central coordinates 66o 7.17' West  45o 13.26' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 200 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description The Saints Rest Marsh and Beach Important Bird Area is located on the southern shore of New Brunswick in the Bay of Fundy, about 5 km southwest of the city of Saint John. The area includes a gravel spit that connects the Taylor Peninsula and Irving Nature Park with the mainland, and a partly tidal marsh associated with Manawagonish Creek. Industrial areas occupy most upland areas north of the marsh. This site is close to sea level, but contains some low (less than 5m), abrupt ridges. The climate is typical of the Maritimes with frequent fog, mild winters and cool summers. Tides range from seven to nine meters in this area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus passage  1986  10,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla passage  1986  100,000 individuals  A4i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1976-1986  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes  80%
Sea Sea inlets  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
urban/industrial/transport major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saint's Rest Marsh and Beach. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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