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Location Cayman Islands (to UK), Little Cayman
Central coordinates 80o 2.00' West  19o 39.99' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4ii, B4ii
Area 136 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Booby Pond Nature Reserve lies on the south coast of Little Cayman behind the beach ridge at South Hole Sound. It comprises a seasonally flooded, enclosed hypersalinelagoon, Booby Pond (43 ha), with a broken black and white mangrove fringe and, on the north inland side of the pond, an area of dry forest. Thespesia populnea and Cordia sebestena var. caymanensis are intermixed with mangrove species on the pond fringe. The dominant dry forest species are Bursera simaruba, Canella winterana, Guipera discolour, Coccothrinax procterii, Ficus aurea, Myrcianthus fragrans and Plumeria obtusa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea breeding  2005  20 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens breeding  2007  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 
Red-footed Booby Sula sula resident  2007  20,000 individuals  medium  A4ii  Least Concern 
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  2007  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Vitelline Warbler Dendroica vitellina breeding  2005  60 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Booby Pond and Rookery Animal Sanctuary 192 protected area contains site 113  
Booby Pond and Rookery Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 82 protected area contained by site 82  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons  major
Forest Mangrove forest (tropical)  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -

Other biodiversity Plants endemic to the Cayman Islands are: Allophylus cominia var. caymanensis; Cordia sebestena var. caymanensisand Cocothrinax procterii. Endemic to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are: Chionanthus caymanensis var. caymanensis, Encyclia kingsii, Myremecophila thompsoniana var. minor and Phyllanthus caymanensis. Endemic fish: Limnea caymanensis and Gambusia xanthosma. Reptiles include Anolis mayardi, endemic to Little Cayman. Endemic to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac: Alsophis cantherigerus ruttyi, Cyclura (nubile) caymanensis (EN), Sphaerodactylus argivus bartschi and Tropidophis caymanensisis parkeri. The land crab Cardisoma guanhami is decreasing. Endemic molluscs: Cerion nanus (EN), Proserpinula lewisi, Alcadia lewisi and C pannosum. Endemic insects to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac include Diceroprocta caymanensis and Psammoleon reductus.

Protection status Ramsar Site, 80% National Trust protected and protected as an animal sanctuary.

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Booby Pond Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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