|Location||St Martin (to France)|
|Central coordinates||63o 8.55' West 18o 3.43' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Grand Etang is a large saline pond located in the gated Lowlands subdivision of St. Martin. It is approximately 50 hectares in size. Due to its high salinity (>100 parts per thousand), the pond has little vegetation. At the west end, a small pond is separated from the larger pond by a narrow strip of land. Electric wires on poles cross the pond at this point. The surrounding land is low hills of scrub habitat interspersed with roads and homes on large estates. A dirt road runs directly next to the shore along one side. An exclusive resort borders the road.
Key Biodiversity Least Terns nest on a sandy spit located in the smaller pond of Grand Etang. Wilson's Plover nests at the same location and in surrounding areas. In the summer of 2004, nesting success of both species was monitored by EPIC. During that time, a high count of 180 Least Tern nests and 82 breeding pairs was recorded. Ten pairs of Wilson's Plover were recorded. Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus also breeds at Grand Etang (25 nests).Regionally limited species found at this site include Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus, Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus, Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus, and Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis.
Non-bird biodiversity: Not applicable.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Least Tern Sternula antillarum||breeding||2004||82 breeding pairs||medium||B4i||Least Concern|
|Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis||resident||2006||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Zones humides et marines de Saint-Martin Ramsar Site||Other||2,997||protected area contains site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status Grand Etang is afforded some legal protections as a recognized natural area.
References COLLIER, N.C. and A.C. BROWN 2001-2006; DANFORTH, S. T. 1930;HALEWYN, R. VAN, AND R. L. NORTON. 1984; HOOGERWERF, A. 1977;PINCHON, R. 1976;ROJER, A. 1997;VOOUS, K. H. 1954;VOOUS, K. H. 1955a;VOOUS, K. H. 1955b;VOOUS, K. H. 1983. ;VOOUS, K. H. AND H. J. KOELERS. 1967
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Grand Etang. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2015
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