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Location Grenada, Parish of St. George
Central coordinates 61o 45.00' West  12o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 32 ha
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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 
Loxigilla noctis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 
Lesser Antillean Tanager Tangara cucullata resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

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)
Forest Mangrove  -
Shrubland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
rangeland/pastureland -

Protection status 

Acknowledgements Author: Bonnie L. Rusk

Further web sources of information 

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

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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Perseverance. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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