|Location||Cayman Islands (to UK), Grand Cayman|
|Central coordinates||81o 14.00' West 19o 19.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 2m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The site, a large, almost totally pristine wetland east of North Sound, covers 3,440 ha (30% of the island area) and includes Meagre Bay Pond (40 ha), Pease Bay Pond (6 ha), Malportas Pond (44 ha) and a mangrove islet, Booby Cay. The vegetation height and composition, of red, white and black mangrove and Conocarpus, varies in zones from dwarf monospecific red mangrove on the edge of North Sound to monospecific black mangrove forest on the outer southern boundary. There are many seasonal areas of open water and, interspersed throughout, are 'dry cays' with dry forest species. Malportas Pond is included in this site, although separated from the Central Mangrove Wetland, because whistling ducks breed in the mangrove fringe and a government-funded feeding station is located on the edge of the pond; it is also a major site for wintering and resident waterbirds.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea||breeding||2005||1,500 individuals||poor||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Least Tern Sterna antillarum||breeding||2005||55 breeding pairs||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Cuban Amazon Amazona leucocephala||breeding||2005||253-379 individuals||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Central Mangrove Wetland||Reserve||240||protected area contained by site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Endemic to Grand Cayman: Agalinis kingsii, known only from this site and the Salina.
Protection status The site is 19% protected under Marine Conservation Law, 7% owned and protected by the National Trust, 9% owned by the Crown and unprotected, and 75% privately owned and unprotected.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Mangrove Wetland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/04/2014
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