|Location||Falkland Islands (Malvinas)|
|Central coordinates||58o 19.00' West 51o 52.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 30m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2006|
Site description Fox Point camp, formerly an island, is largely maritime heathland surrounded by boulder beaches with some sandy coves. Fox Point to Bertha’s Beach is a typical example of Falkland coastal wetland habitat with a long, white sand beach bordered by extensive coastal dunes, many large freshwater ponds and brackish lagoons. To the landward side of Bertha’s Beach, Whitegrass plains are dominant. This area was one of the first two Ramsar sites to be declared in the Falklands and is located only a few kilometres from Mount Pleasant Airport. North-east of Bertha’s Beach, from Elephant Point to Pleasant Point is a large area of undulating coastal lowland with promontories and islands almost enclosing Kelp Lagoon. Elephant and Burnt Islands and the Kelp Islands are Crown land. There are very extensive kelp beds up to 2.5 miles (4 km) offshore from Elephant Point to Boat Point.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Falkland Steamerduck Tachyeres brachypterus||breeding||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps||breeding||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua||breeding||2000-2001||496 breeding pairs||unknown||A1||Near Threatened|
|Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus||breeding||2005||unknown||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera||breeding||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||2006||20,000-49,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Bertha's Beach||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||4,000||protected area contained by site||3,300|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The northern Kelp Islands hold a breeding population of Southern Sea Lions, with 165 pups in 2002, which was the largest number found at any colony in the Falklands during that year. The site is not known to hold any breeding populations of Southern Elephant Seals. A small colony of Southern Sea Lions breeds on Direction Island just off Bertha’s Beach, and Peale’s Dolphins Lagenorhynchus australis can often be seen from the shore, playing in the surf. No comprehensive botanical studies have taken place in this IBA except in the Ramsar site, where 77 species of flowering plants were recorded in 1997 and the rare Dusen’s Moonwort Botrychium dusenii was found on the greens.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bertha's Beach, East Falkland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014
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