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Location Barbados, St. Philip
Central coordinates 59o 27.00' West  13o 9.44' North
IBA criteria A2, A4i, A4iii
Area 2 ha
Altitude 38 - 42m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description Collectively, the shooting swamps in the eastern parish of St. Philip at: N 13° 07' 30.12', W 59° 27' 40.21"; N 13° 09' 24.83", W 59° 27' 19.31" east to N 13° 09' 26.97, W 59° 26' 56.40" form an IBA. These artificially created and maintained wetlands average 4 to 5 acres in extent and are all situated on private land. The express purpose is to provide habitat for migrating sandpipers so they can be shot. Generally, the immediate environs of these wetlands is pasture.

Key Biodiversity It is reported that a collective total from all these swamps of between 7 and 15 thousand Nearctic-nesting sandpipers are shot annually (see text for target species). Empirical evidence indicates that larger flights (and therefore the number of birds shot) are weather-dependent. More birds stop when affected by adverse weather conditions associated with tropical Atlantic waves, depressions and storms. Thus, numbers stopping vary from year to year in the season from July to October. Estimates vary and numbers shot are an unknown percentage of the total numbers passing. These wetlands also provide necessary habitat for non-target species.

Non-bird biodiversity: Not applicable.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica winter  1991  4,050-9,000 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes winter  1991  13,200 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca winter  1991  2,550 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos winter  1991  6,600 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Barbados Bullfinch Loxigilla barbadensis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2007  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting major

Protection status Not applicable.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Various informants.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: St Philip Shooting Swamps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/12/2014

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