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Location Dominica, Parish of St. David
Central coordinates 61o 14.28' West  15o 18.31' North
IBA criteria A4i, B4ii
Area 255 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description L’llet is a small Islet approximately 0.020 hectare off the village of Boetica on the southeast cost of Dominica and serves as a very important site for seabird colonies. Due to the fact that it is off island in the Atlantic Ocean and that people have to swim or access by boat that limits human activity or disturbance to the seabirds using that site. Human settlements are approximately 3km from the site.

Key Biodiversity L’llet supports several seabirds including Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens, Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus), Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscata), Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus) and the White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus). Some of the other species of interest found at that site are Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita), Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus), Green –throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus), Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis), and Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax violaceus).

Non-bird biodiversity: Other flora includes Wild Anthurium (Anthurium giganteum), Organ Pipe Cactus (Cephalocerus royenii), Climbing Cactus (Hylocereus trigonus), Zanana Falez (Pitcairnia angustifolia), and Eye-lash Orchid (Epidendrum ciliare). Fauna species include Fish-eating Bat (Noctillio leporinus), and Zagaya Lamè (Grapsus grapsus).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus breeding  2007  100 individuals  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens breeding  2007  300 individuals  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster breeding  2007  150 individuals  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2007  250 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Noddy Anous minutus breeding  2007  350 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Morne Trois Pitons National Park World Heritage Site 6,857 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Soufriere/Scott's Head Marine Reserve 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor

Protection status L’llet is some 16.09km east of the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Park. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is also in close proximity to L’llet (approximately 5k m).

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

References Caribbean Conservation Association. 1991. Dominica Environmental Profile. James, A., Durand, S., and Jno. Baptiste, B. 2005. Dominica’s Birds Lack, J. Andrew, et al, .1997. Dominica Illustrated Flora Raffaele, H. et al, 1997. A Guide to Birds of the West Indies Zamore, M. P. 2000. The Wildlife of Dominica James, A. 2004. Flora and Fauna of Cabrits National Park, Dominica

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: L'llet. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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