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Location St Vincent and the Grenadines, The Grenadines
Central coordinates 61o 8.44' West  12o 55.97' North
IBA criteria A4i, B4i, B4ii
Area 368 ha
Altitude 0 - 55m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description All Awash Island is located approximately 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south of the island of Baliceaux, and 3.0 nautical miles (5.6 km) off the north-east of Mustique. As with many other small, uninhabited islands, the vegetation is mainly comprised of degraded and wind-swept Dry Scrub Woodland. Vegetation is particularly sparse along the water’s edge at the north and east. A saddle separates the thicker westerly vegetation from the more sparsely-vegetated eastern sector. The north and east of the island are relatively accessible but thicket on the west may prove a barrier. The use of All Awash by nesting seabirds has attracted annual raids by fishermen, who begin to frequent the site from around April. The waters surrounding the island are also a scuba diving attraction.

Key Biodiversity All Awash is the second most populous island for nesting seabirds (D. Hazell, and E. Bess, pers. comm.). Numbers of nesting birds total several hundreds. During the non-nesting period, seabirds forage in surrounding waters, and use the island for roosting.

Non-bird biodiversity: Information on the existence and status of endemics or other threatened species is unavailable.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens breeding  2006  250-500 individuals  poor  B4ii  Least Concern 
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster breeding  2006  100-250 individuals  poor  B4ii  Least Concern 
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla breeding  2006  100-250 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus breeding  2006  250-500 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2006  100-250 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
All Awash Island Wildlife Reserve 0 is identical to site 368  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Second-growth or disturbed scrub  -
Sea   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -

Protection status Wildlife Reserve

Further web sources of information 

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: All Awash Island. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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