|Location||Falkland Islands (Malvinas)|
|Central coordinates||57o 51.00' West 51o 28.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 38m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2006|
Site description Volunteer Point is an impressive lowland peninsula on the north-east of mainland East Falkland. Extending eastward from Volunteer Green, the northern coast includes a range of low cliffs, sandy and boulder beaches with extensive kelp beds offshore. The southern side of the peninsula borders Volunteer Lagoon and includes the extensive sand flats and dunes of Lagoon Bar. To the north and west of the 1.2 mile (2 km) long Volunteer Beach are low hills and green valleys with shallow seasonal ponds and ditches. North of the rocky headlands is Cow Bay Beach, also about 1.2 miles (2 km) and with a similar aspect to Volunteer Beach.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Falkland Steamerduck Tachyeres brachypterus||breeding||2005||75 breeding pairs||unknown||A2||Least Concern|
|Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps||breeding||2005||100 breeding pairs||unknown||A2||Least Concern|
|Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua||breeding||2001||1,368 breeding pairs||unknown||A1||Near Threatened|
|Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus||breeding||2003||2,000 breeding pairs||unknown||A1||Near Threatened|
|White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera||breeding||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Volunteer and Cow Bay||Sanctuary||4,340||protected area contained by site||4,060|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Southern Sea Lions can often be seen hauled out or hunting penguins just offshore in shallow water along the sand beach. One pup was born during the summer of 2002/03 in the north-west of the area. A breeding colony of 150 South American Fur Seals was counted on Volunteer Rocks in February 2004.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Volunteer Point, East Falkland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014
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