|Location||Turks and Caicos Islands (to UK), Middle Caicos|
|Central coordinates||71o 50.15' West 21o 50.63' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, B4i, B4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 15m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Western part of the northern coast of Middle Caicos, including Fish Ponds, Crossing Place Trail, Indian Cave and Blowing & Juniper Holes. Limestone cliffs, with small offshore cays, slope inland to ponds, which are connected to the sea under the cliffs. There are several sea-caves, and a dry inland cave within the site, Indian Cave.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea||resident||2007||16 breeding pairs||medium||A1||Vulnerable|
|White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus||breeding||2005||50 breeding pairs||poor||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Sterna nilotica||non-breeding||2005||50 individuals||poor||B4i||Not Recognised|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||non-breeding||2005||150 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus||non-breeding||2005||120 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Least Tern Sternula antillarum||non-breeding||2005||50 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic)||minor|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Crossing Place Trail is the traditional route along the Caicos Islands, in particular the Middle Caicos section. As such, it is of great cultural importance. The trail is also of great scenic value, and along its route are important sites for wildlife, including specialist plants and butterflies, including the endemic Drury's hairstreak butterfly Strymon acis leucostricha. Fish Ponds comprise some of the most important wetlands in the area not included within the Ramsar site. The area is rich in fish and invertebrate life.
Protection status Interim protection.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fish Ponds and Crossing Place Trail, Middle Caicos. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2014
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