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Location Grenada, St. George's
Central coordinates 61o 45.00' West  12o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 26 ha
Altitude 15 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description The Woodford IBA is on the west coast of Grenada, north of Perseverance IBA (GD002). Its western border extends from the coast at Halifax Harbour to inland of the north–south coastal road along the Douce River. It is bordered to the north by the Douce River, except c.8 ha on the coastal side of the road, both north and south of the mouth of the Douce River.To the south, the IBA is bordered by a sanitary landfill and a proposed habitat corridor linking the site to the Perseverance Dove Sanctuary. Upriver is a gravel quarry, no longer in operation (2007). On the coastal side of the North–South road to the south are a mangrove swamp, Grenada’s main garbage dump, and an asphalt plant.

Key Biodiversity This IBA is important for the Critically Endangered Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi. The population was estimated at 12 pairs in 2003/2004 (pre-Hurricane Ivan) (Rusk and Clouse 2004),only four pairs 3–4 months after the hurricane in 2004 (a possible under estimate due to a change in calling behaviour post hurricane) (Rusk 2005), and eight pairs in 2007 (Rusk 2008). All seven of the Lesser Antilles EBA restricted-range birds occur at this IBA, as does the threatened endemic Grenada Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus mirus subspecies.

Non-bird biodiversity: Nothing recorded.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi resident  2007  8 breeding pairs  good  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2008  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2008  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2008  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Grenada Flycatcher Myiarchus nugator resident  2008  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2008  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Tanager Tangara cucullata resident  2008  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  major
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other major

Acknowledgements Author:Bonnie L.Rusk

Further web sources of information 

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

References Rusk and Clouse (2004); Rusk (2005); Rusk (2008)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Woodford. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/12/2014

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