|Location||Bahamas, San Salvador|
|Central coordinates||74o 29.15' West 23o 57.03' North|
|IBA criteria||B4i, B4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 4m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information Flocks of Roseate, Bridled and Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies, Audubon's Shearwaters have been seen feeding in this area during fall. Least Terns and Wilson's Plovers can be seen along the beach.
Site description This site is located at the southeast end of San Salvador Island. Sandy Hook is an urban subdivision of Columbus Landing Development. It is bounded on the north and west by Pigeon Creek and by Snow Bay Beach on the east with the Atlantic Ocean on its south shore. Low and High Cays are located offshore to the southeast of Sandy Hook.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri||breeding||2006||common breeding pairs||medium||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Least Tern Sterna antillarum||breeding||2006||common breeding pairs||medium||B4i||Least Concern|
|Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus||breeding||2005||common individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Further development is highly possible which will cause habitat destruction and disturbance of birds. Cays visited by tourists from Club Med Resort on jetskis and local "guides" using the cays for commercial purposes.
References White, A.W. 1998b. A Birder's Guide to the Bahama Islands (Including Turks and Caicos). American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Low Cay, High Cay and Sandy Hook. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/05/2013
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