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Location Grenada, Parish of St. George
Central coordinates 61o 44.00' West  12o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 101 ha
Altitude 200 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Located near the west coast of Grenada, the Beausejour–Grenville Vale IBA is just inland from the north-south coastal road from Beausejour Bay. The bowl-shaped site is bordered to the west, north and south by a slope, rising to c.500 m in elevation, and includes the east-facing side of the eastern ridge (Grenville Vale). The slopes to the west, north and east are forested. The valley bottom comprises some fruit trees, an agricultural plot and cattle grazing. Immediately to the south is a housing development. The north-western side of this IBA is adjacent to the south-eastern border of the Perseverance IBA (GD002).

Key Biodiversity This IBA is important for the Critically Endangered Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi. The population was estimated at c.15 pairs in 2003/2004 (pre-Hurricane Ivan) (Rusk and Clouse 2004)but only 1–6 pairs 3–4 months after the hurricane in 2004 (Rusk 2005) (a possible under/over estimate due to a change in calling behaviour post hurricane). Seven pairs were estimated in 2007 (Rusk 2008). Five (of the seven) Lesser Antilles EBA restricted-range birds occur at this IBA.

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  7 breeding pairs  good  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 
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  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Tanager Tangara cucullata resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor
rangeland/pastureland -
Notes: Grazing

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), Wells (1886).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Beausejour/Grenville Vale. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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