|Location||Barbados, St. Philip|
|Central coordinates||59o 27.00' West 13o 9.44' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, A4i, A4iii|
|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.
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status Not applicable.
References Various informants.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: St Philip Shooting Swamps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/03/2015
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