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Location Bahamas, San Salvador
Central coordinates 74o 33.72' West  23o 56.84' North
IBA criteria A2, B4i, B4ii
Area 884 ha
Altitude 0 - 18m
Year of IBA assessment 2013

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Sandy Point site area is located at the southwestern end of the island. This site is a primary public beach area. The ruins known as Watling's Castle and the residential subdivision of Columbus Landing 4 is also part of this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster non-breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4ii  Least Concern 
Least Tern Sternula antillarum breeding  2006  50-249 breeding pairs  medium  B4i  Least Concern 
Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Shrubland   -
Sea   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport major
tourism/recreation -

Further web sources of information 

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

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sandy Point. Downloaded from on 02/10/2014

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