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Location Barbados, Christ Church
Central coordinates 59o 30.00' West  13o 3.75' North
IBA criteria A2, A4i
Area 3 ha
Altitude 6 - 9m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Chancery Lane Swamp (N 13° 03' 46.68", W 59° 30' 00.55") is situated on the south coast of the island. The seasonal wetland is an irregular mosaic of shallow water, mudflats and grassy areas. It is ca. 8 acres in extent and is bound by a vegetated berm to seaward, pasture and an inland cliff. Residential development is encroaching towards the western end of the marsh.

Key Biodiversity The wetland is an important refuge for migrant and vagrant waders and a critical feeding area for Little Egrets.

Non-bird biodiversity: Not applicable.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta garzetta winter  2006  < 50 individuals  good  A4i  Not Recognised 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Loxigilla noctis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chancery Lane Swamp Other Area 0 is identical to site 3  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport major
Notes: Residential development is encrouching teh wetland.
nature conservation and research minor

Protection status Chancery Lane Swamp is deemed a “Natural Heritage Conservation Area” and a “Special Study Area” (Government of Barbados, 2003).

Further web sources of information 

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

References Dr. Lorna Inniss, Coastal Zone Management Unit, Shontelle Wellington, Ministry of Energy and Environment,

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Chancery Lane Swamp. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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