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Location Barbados, Christ Church
Central coordinates 59o 34.70' West  13o 4.38' North
IBA criteria A2, A4i
Area 33 ha
Altitude 6 - 13m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Graeme Hall Swamp N 13 degrees 04' 18.13' W 59 degrees 34' 36.42" (site centre from Google Earth) is 33 hectares in extent.

Key Biodiversity GHS is the only documented nesting location for Little Egret in the Western Hemisphere. The mangroves and environs of the swamp harbour the highest density of Golden Warbler on the island. Three other restricted range Antillean species also occur. As permanent wetland, crucial to resident waterbirds and haven for migrants and vagrants. (See checklist).

Non-bird biodiversity: Not applicable.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta garzetta resident  2007  24 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 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Loxigilla noctis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Graeme Hall Swamp Reserve Other Area 20 is identical to site 0  


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 and commercial land uses at the boundaries of the wetland.
agriculture major
Notes: In the boundaries of the wetland.
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status Ramsar designated wetland.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Ramsar Site No. 1591 Wetland International Site Rference No. 6BB001 Stuart Heaslet (sole author of the GHNP plan) (GHNS) Dr. Lorna

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Graeme Hall Swamp. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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