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Location Bahamas, New Providence
Central coordinates 77o 19.95' West  25o 0.39' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B4i
Area 376 ha
Altitude 0 - 6m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description This site spans an area of tidal flats and rocky mangrove banks along the southeastern coastline of New Providence and freshwater wetlands on Marshall Road west of Blue Hill Road South.

Key Biodiversity This is an important stop-over, wintering site for migrant shorebirds on New Providence. During fall, winter and spring may be found Black-bellied, Semi-palmated, Wilson's and Piping Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Short-billed Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Willets, Least and Western Sandpipers, Belted Kingfishers and Red Knots. Least Terns are common in the nesting season. Migrant Warblers and resident land birds can be found in the shrubland along the shoreline. At the wetlands along Marshall Road there are egrets, herons, waterfowl and Ospreys.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus winter  2006  < 50 individuals  medium  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus breeding  2006  < 50 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Shrubland   -
Wetlands (inland)   -
Rocky areas Rocky flats & barrens  minor
Forest Mangrove  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport minor
fisheries/aquaculture minor
not utilised -

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: South Beach Tidal Flats. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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