|Location||Barbados, St. Lucy|
|Central coordinates||59o 36.67' West 13o 19.93' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||18 - 41m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information It is reported that a collective total from all these swamps of between 7 and 15 thousand Nearctic-nesting sandpipers are shot annually (see text for target species). Empirical evidence indicates that larger flights (and therefore the number of birds shot) are weather-dependent. More birds stop when affected by adverse weather conditions associated with tropical Atlantic waves, depressions and storms. Thus, numbers stopping vary from year to year in the season from July to October. Estimates vary and numbers shot are an unknown percentage of the total numbers passing. These wetlands also provide necessary habitat for non-target species.
Site description Collectively, the shooting swamps in the northern parish of St. Lucy at: N 13°19' 29.21", W 59° 37' 18.09"; N 13°19' 56.30", W59° 36' 40.13"; N 13° 17' 40.44", W 59° 38' 04.01"; N 13° 18' 11.95", W 59° 37' 32.11"; N 13° 19' 01.25", W 59° 37' 00.48" form an IBA. These artificially created and maintained wetlands average 4 to 5 acres in extent and are all situated on private land. The express purpose is to provide habitat for migrating sandpipers so they can be shot. Generally, the immediate environs of these wetlands are pasture or sugar cane lands.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica||winter||1991||4,050-9,000 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca||winter||1991||2,550 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes||winter||1991||13,200 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos||winter||1991||6,600 individuals||medium||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|
|Barbados Bullfinch Loxigilla barbadensis||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2007||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Not Applicable
Management considerations Beyond the obvious, if hunting were restricted or banned the shooting clubs would simply stop pumping water and the wetland would no longer be available for other non-target waterbirds.
Protection status Not Applicable
Conservation response Not Applicable
References Various informants Various informants. Dr. Karl Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: St Lucy Shooting Swamps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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