email a friend
printable version
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
Area 1,024 ha
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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Sea   major
Rocky areas   minor
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic)   minor
Shrubland   major
Wetlands (inland)   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
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.

Further web sources of information 

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

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

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

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife