|Location||Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua|
|Central coordinates||61o 45.73' West 17o 3.71' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A4i, B4i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Potworks Dam IBA is in south-east Antigua, c.2 km north of the village of Bethesda and Bethesda Dam IBA (AG012). The reservoir dam was under construction in 1969 when the area flooded as a result of exceptionally heavy rains. The dam site filled with water before preparation of the site was finished, but is considered a municipal reservoir and is an important source of water for domestic and agricultural use. Due to the very shallow sides to the reservoir and frequent droughts, the shoreline fluctuates greatly over time, reducing opportunities for the establishment of aquatic vegetation. Land surrounding most of the reservoir is former sugar cane estate land that is now farmed or grazed (primarily by free-roaming cattle).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea||resident||2008||30 individuals||poor||A1||Vulnerable|
|Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis||resident||2007||50 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||resident||2007||300 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2007||10 individuals||poor||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Potworks Resevoir||Wildlife Reserve||0||protected area contained by site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Nothing recorded.
References Bacon, PR., (1991);Bunce, L., (1993);Caribbean Conservation Association. (1991);Lindsay, k. and Horwith, B. (1997);MacPherson, J. (1973);Martin-Kaye, P., (1969);Martin-Kaye, P., (1959);Pregill, GKD et al.(1994);Raffaele, H., et al. (1998); Spencer, W (1981)
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Potworks Dam. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014
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