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Location Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Central coordinates 60o 35.00' West  51o 22.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4ii
Area 1,763 ha
Altitude 0 - 350m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Falklands Conservation

Site description Grave Cove Camp, a promontory in the north-western section of Hope Harbour Farm, has striking scenery. Severe south-west-facing cliffs peak at 130 m in the south and the land slopes northwards towards the coast of Hope Harbour. It is divided from Bramble Point Camp by a wide valley, only about 20 m above sea level at its highest point, with large areas of eroded ground to the south of Grave Cove. Much of Bramble Point Camp is mountainous with stone runs and is used for sheep farming. A ridge to the north of Hope Harbour extends westwards more than 2.5 miles (4 km) towards the low-lying Hope Point, with extensive kelp beds on its northern coast.

Key Biodiversity Hope Harbour has been chosen as an IBA because it is the only mainland site with colonies of the globally endangered Black-browed Albatross and it has two large colonies of Gentoo Penguins. Access to the albatross colonies on very steep cliffs is extremely difficult. Endemic sub-species recorded at the site include the Upland Goose and the Long-tailed Meadowlark. Apart from penguin and albatross counts, there is little information available. Knowledge of other species is very limited and requires further fieldwork.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falkland Steamerduck Tachyeres brachypterus breeding  2000-2001  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps breeding  2000-2001  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua breeding  2000-2001  5,750 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, A4ii  Near Threatened 
Eudyptes chrysocome breeding  2000-2001  242 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Not Recognised 
Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus breeding  2000-2001  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris breeding  2000-2001  226 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera breeding  2000-2001  unknown  A2  Least Concern 


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hope Harbour, West Falkland. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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