|Location||Falkland Islands (Malvinas)|
|Central coordinates||61o 15.00' West 51o 51.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 234m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2006|
Site description This group of islands lies west of Weddell Island and West Falkland. Beaver, Split, Staats and Tea Islands all have spectacular west-facing sheer cliffs and deeply indented coastlines. There are generally very steep slopes above eastern coasts with rocky shores, a few sand beaches and sheltered coves. Inland the islands are mountainous with many peaks exceeding 150 m and some above 200 m. Most of the smaller islands are low lying.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua||breeding||2003||2,850 breeding pairs||unknown||A1||Near Threatened|
|Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus||breeding||2005||2,000 breeding pairs||unknown||A1||Near Threatened|
|Southern Giant-petrel Macronectes giganteus||breeding||2003||300 breeding pairs||unknown||A1, A4ii||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Sea cliffs and rocky shores||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Beaver Island is farmed to a minimum level.|
Other biodiversity About 100 Southern Sea Lion pups are born annually on Stick-in-the-mud Island, north of Governor Island, and 35 on Beaver Island (Stinker Point), while non-breeders haul out on Tea, Green, Split and other islands in Beaver Bay. The western cliffs of Beaver Island are home to a few hundred breeding South American Fur Seals. The scarce Adder’s-tongue Fern Ophioglossum crotalophoroides occurs on Beaver Island. Tea Island has a population of the unidentified purslane (Calandrinia), possibly a new endemic plant. Additional endemic plants found in this group of islands include Clubmoss Cudweed Chevreulia lycopodioides, Vanilla Daisy Leucheria suaveolens, Lady’s Slipper Calceolaria fothergillii, Smooth Falkland Ragwort Senecio vaginatus, Hairy Daisy Erigeron incertus, and Coastal Nassauvia Nassauvia gaudichaudii.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Beaver Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2014
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