|Central coordinates||139o 51.82' East 16o 39.87' South|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Summary The Bountiful Islands IBA supports more than 1% of the global population of Crested Terns and Roseate Terns.
Site description The Bountiful Islands are a group of small islands (6808ha) in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. North Bountiful supported a large colony of Crested Terns; south-east Bountiful supported a large colony of Roseate Terns. Some of these islands were formerly covered with Pisonia grandis, but they are now largely grassy supporting substantial breeding populations of seabirds and sea turtles. They are generally low-lying but are based on a laterised ironstone which forms low cliffs along one side of North Bountiful Island. The climate is monsoonal with rain from December to April and a long dry season from May to November.
Key Biodiversity Small colonies of Bridled Tern, Little Tern, Caspian Tern, Silver Gull and Australian Pelican also occur on these islands (Walker 1992).
Non-bird biodiversity: The island is one of the largest known breeding sites of Green Turtles, with turtles emerging during the day between breeding attempts (Walker 1992).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii||breeding||1991||26,000-30,000 breeding pairs||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii||breeding||1991||1,980 breeding pairs||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|2008||low||not assessed||not assessed|
|Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||recreational activities||happening now||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||no or imperceptible deterioration||low|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Sand cays, islets & bars||100%|
Land ownership Traditional owners are Lardil people: Bountiful Island is known as Meldan or Meldanga. http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/publications/pubs/thuwathu-bujimulla-plan.pdf. Native title exists over the islands.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Traditional owners are Lardil people: Bountiful Island is known as Meldan or Meldanga. http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/publications/pubs/thuwathu-bujimulla-plan.pdf. Native title exists over the islands.|
Access/Land-Owner requests Permission to visit islands should be sought from Mornington Island Shire Council.
Acknowledgements Nomination prepared by Stephen Garnett.
References Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (2006) Thuwathu/Bujimulla Sea Country Plan: Aboriginal Management of the Wellesley Islands Management Region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Department of Environment and Heritage, Canberra. http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/publications/pubs/thuwathu-bujimulla-plan.pdf
Walker, T.A. (1992) A record Crested Tern Sterna bergii colony and concentrated breeding by seabirds in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Emu 92: 152-156.
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