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Location Bahamas, New Providence
Central coordinates 77o 34.19' West  25o 1.23' North
IBA criteria B4i
Area 411 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Goulding Cay is located off the west end of New Providence, directly offshore of Jaws Beach, near Lyford Cay.

Key Biodiversity Each summer, May through August, Bridle Terns, Sooty Terns and Brown Noddies by the hundreds return to nest on Goulding Cay. Starting 2004 the Ornithology Group of the Bahamas National Trust has monitored this site each summer and feel confident that up to 2007 the site was doing well.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2006  < 50 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus breeding  2006  250-999 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Goulding Cay WNR Wild Bird Reserve 2 protected area contained by site 2  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas   100%
Sea   major
Shrubland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised major

Further web sources of information 

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

References White, A.W. 1998b. A Birder's Guide to the Bahama Islands (Including Turks and Caicos). American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Goulding Cay Wild Bird Reserve. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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