|Location||Barbados, Christ Church|
|Central coordinates||59o 34.70' West 13o 4.38' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, A4i|
|Altitude||6 - 13m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information 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).
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta||resident||2007||24 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Barbados Bullfinch Loxigilla barbadensis||resident||2006||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|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)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Residential and commercial land uses at the boundaries of the wetland.|
|Notes: In the boundaries of the wetland.|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Not applicable.
Management considerations While a greater level of protection is required for GHS, the proposed plan for GHNP will severely reduce habitat now available for wetland birds and priortises human recreational use over the needs of nesting and feeding birds. The introduction of exotic species of flora or fauna is always a threat. In addition, any further manipulation or modification of this already heavily modified wetland must be careful not to disrupt or disturb its attractiveness for birds in favour of human recreational use. Increasing noise and light pollution from events at GHNS is a concern for nesting Egrettas.
Protection status Ramsar designated wetland.
Conservation response The Friends of Graeme Hall Committee has recently presented a plan to the Barbados Government for a Graeme Hall National Park that will encompass the entire wetland.
References Ramsar Site No. 1591 Wetland International Site Rference No. 6BB001 www.graemehallnationalpark.org Stuart Heaslet (sole author of the GHNP plan) (GHNS) email@example.com Dr. Lorna Inniss@coastal.gov.bb
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Graeme Hall Swamp. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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