|Location||Grenada, Parish of St. George|
|Central coordinates||61o 45.00' West 12o 6.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||15 - 150m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The Perseverance IBA, a plantation destroyed by Hurricane Janet in 1955, is on the west coast of Grenada, inland from Halifax Harbour. Its western border is on the north–south coastal road, running inland c.400 m to its eastern border at the base of a steep cliff. To the north, the IBA is bordered by some houses and the Salle River. This IBA includes an unprotected habitat corridor north of the Salle River, inland of the sanitary landfill to the base of the ridge (behind which is a proposed quarry), linking this IBA with Woodford IBA (GD001). North of the river is a (non-operational) sanitary landfill. On the coastal side of the north–south road are a mangrove swamp, Grenada’s main garbage dump, and an asphalt plant.
Key Biodiversity This IBA is important for the Critically Endangered Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi. The population was estimated at six pairs in 2003/2004 (Rusk and Clouse 2004) (pre-Hurricane Ivan), only one pair 3–4 months after the hurricane in 2004 (Rusk 2005)(a possible under estimate due to a change in calling behaviour post hurricane), and three pairs in 2007 (Rusk 2008). It supports all of the Lesser Antilles EBA restricted-range birds and also the threatened endemic Grenada Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus mirus subspecies.
Non-bird biodiversity: Nothing recorded.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi||resident||2007||3 breeding pairs||good||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2008||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Grenada Flycatcher Myiarchus nugator||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Lesser Antillean Tanager Tangara cucullata||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Perseverance Protected Area (Dove Sanctuary)||Protected Site||60||is identical to site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Acknowledgements Author: Bonnie L. Rusk
References Devas (1943), Blockstein (1988), Blockstein (1991), BirdLife International (2000), Lack and Lack (1973), Lugo, (2005), Germano et al (2003), Groome (1970), Howard (1950), Rusk (1992), Rusk et al. (1997), Rusk (1998), Rusk and Clouse (2004), Thornstrom et al. (2001), Smith & Temple (1982).Wells (1886), Wunderle (1985).
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