|Location||Cayman Islands (to UK), Grand Cayman|
|Central coordinates||81o 10.00' West 19o 19.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||3 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The Botanic Park, 50 ha, immediately east of the Frank Sound Road in the centre of the island, comprises dry forest fragments interspersed with shrubland, Conocarpuswetlands with a lake and horticultural areas; 25 ha are open to the public. The Salina, inland on the north-east coast, is 100% owned and protected by the National Trust. It is a large temporary, freshwater herbaceous wetland (125 ha) bounded by a mosaic of sedges, Typha sp., Conocarpus shrubland with 135 ha of dry forest on the northern boundary, where Swietenia mahagoni is dominant. The pristine site is inaccessible and lies over the northern margin of the largest freshwater lens in eastern Grand Cayman. The Botanic Park is east of IBAs KY006 and KY005; the Salina is north-east of these sites.The Salina, inland on the north-east coast, is a large temporary, freshwater herbaceous wetland (125 ha) bounded by a mosaic of sedges, Typha sp., Conocarpus shrubland with 135 ha of dry forest on the northern boundary, where Swietenia mahagoni is dominant. The pristine site is inaccessible and lies over the northern margin of the largest freshwater lens in eastern Grand Cayman. The Botanic Park is east of IBAs KY006 and KY005; the Salina is north-east of these sites.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea||breeding||2005||10 breeding pairs||poor||A1||Vulnerable|
|White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Cuban Amazon Amazona leucocephala||breeding||2005||10 breeding pairs||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2005||-||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris||breeding||2005||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Yucatan Vireo Vireo magister||breeding||2005||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Vitelline Warbler Dendroica vitellina||breeding||2005||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Salina Reserve (Grand Cayman)||Nature Reserve||257||protected area contained by site||257|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Urban parks and gardens||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity The park is a centre for the captive breeding programme and release site for the endangered Grand Cayman Cyclura lewisi since 1993, protected. Other reptiles endemic toGrand Cayman are Anolis conspersus conspersus, Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi, Tropidophis caymanensis caymanensis and Alsophis cantherigerus caymanensis. Rarebats are Phyllops falcatus and Lasiurius spp. unknown. There is a plant conservation programme for Grand Cayman endemics: Pisonia margaretae and Holenbergia caymanensis, and the rare Buxus bahamensis. Plants endemic to the Cayman Islands: Cordia sebestena var. caymanensis and Allophylus cominia var. caymanensis. Plants endemic to Grand Cayman: Chionanthus caymanensis var. longipetala, Crossopetalum caymanense, Myrmecophilia thompsoniana thompsonia, Dendrophylax fawcettii and Tolumnia caymanense. Rare tree: Colubrina arborescens. Lepidoptera endemic to the Cayman Islands: Memphis echemus danielana, Dryas iulia zoe (with Cayman Brac) and Cyclargus ammon erembis. Endemic to Grand Cayman: Heraclides andraemon tailori and Brephidium exilis thompsoni.Grand Cayman endemics: Agalinis kingsii and Tadarida brasiliensis muscularus.
Protection status The Botanic Park is protected, owned jointly by the National Trust and the Crown. The Salina is 100% owned and protected by the National Trust.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Botanic Park and Salina Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/04/2014
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