|Central coordinates||145o 9.26' East 41o 51.64' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 1,144m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Summary This IBA regularly supports the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot on migration. It also provides non-breeding habitat for the endangered Swift Parrot; supports significant numbers of the vulnerable Fairy Tern, the near threatened Hooded Plover and the congregatory Cape Barren Goose and Pied Oystercatcher; and supports populations of ten restricted-range (endemic) and two biome-restricted species.
Site description This IBA is the 10 km-wide coastal fringe which extends around the western coast of Tasmania from Low Rocky Point to Rocky Cape. The area is defined as the mainland Tasmanian portion of the Orange-bellied Parrot migratory habitat as mapped by the Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Team and Plan. It includes the entire lowland coastal peninsula north of Low Rocky Point, and the eastern margin of Macquarie Harbour; then extends 180 km north from Ocean Beach at Strahan through private land and the government-owned Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area to Cape Grim, where it takes in private property inland; then extends another 70 km east to Rocky Cape. South of Macquarie Harbour it abuts the Melaleuca to Birch's Inlet IBA; at Cape Grim it abuts the Robbins Passage and Boullanger Bay IBA. The coast comprises rocky headlands, sandy beaches, well-developed sand dune systems, and a coastal plain which contains lagoons, swamps, heathland, buttongrass and eucalypt woodlands and forests. Eucalypt forest dominates the higher altitudes inland but is probably not used by Orange-bellied Parrots. The climate is wet temperate maritime with average annual rainfall ranging from 1000 mm on the coastal plains to over 2000 mm in the highlands.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae||non-breeding||-||500 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Tasmanian Native-hen Tribonyx mortierii||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris||resident||1999-2007||125-370 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Hooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus||resident||2006-2007||250-376 individuals||good||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Fairy Tern Sternula nereis||resident||2006-2007||50 breeding pairs||medium||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster||unknown||2007||frequent||-||A1, A3||Critically Endangered|
|Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinis||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Scrubtit Acanthornis magna||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Tasmanian Scrubwren Sericornis humilis||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Tasmanian Thornbill Acanthiza ewingii||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Black Currawong Strepera fuliginosa||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Dusky Robin Melanodryas vittata||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea||breeding||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Arthur-Pieman||Conservation Area||101,936||protected area overlaps with site||37,852|
|Badger River||Forest Reserve||319||protected area contained by site||319|
|Crayfish Creek||Forest Reserve||315||protected area overlaps with site||181|
|Farm Cove||Game Reserve||1,720||protected area overlaps with site||15|
|Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers||National Park||446,479||protected area overlaps with site||11,214|
|Henty||Forest Reserve||106||protected area overlaps with site||52|
|Kings Run||Nature Reserve||200||protected area contained by site||200|
|Lees Point||Conservation Area||121||protected area overlaps with site||118|
|Little Peggs Beach||State Reserve||140||protected area contained by site||140|
|Marrawah 1||Conservation Covenant||56||protected area contained by site||56|
|Marrawah 2||Conservation Covenant||4||protected area contained by site||4|
|Mount Dundas||Regional Reserve||38,820||protected area overlaps with site||602|
|Mount Heemskirk||Regional Reserve||11,131||protected area overlaps with site||5,340|
|Peggs Beach||Conservation Area||208||protected area contained by site||208|
|Perkins Island||Conservation Area||150||protected area contained by site||150|
|Pieman River||State Reserve||3,533||protected area overlaps with site||870|
|Preminghana||Indigenous Protected Area||525||protected area contained by site||525|
|Rebecca Creek||Forest Reserve||346||protected area overlaps with site||114|
|Rocky Cape||National Park||3,057||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Southwest||Conservation Area||185,731||protected area overlaps with site||78,953|
|Stanley||Conservation Area||7||protected area overlaps with site||3|
|Sundown Point||State Reserve||132||protected area contained by site||132|
|Tatlows Beach||Conservation Area||57||protected area overlaps with site||27|
|Teepookana||Forest Reserve||625||protected area contained by site||625|
|Temma||Conservation Covenant||43||protected area contained by site||43|
|The Nut||State Reserve||59||protected area contained by site||59|
|Tikkawoppa Plateau||Regional Reserve||4,535||protected area overlaps with site||1,933|
|Warra Creek||Forest Reserve||575||protected area overlaps with site||14|
|West Coast Range||Regional Reserve||18,030||protected area overlaps with site||4,888|
|West Inlet||Conservation Area||68||protected area overlaps with site||5|
|West Point||State Reserve||580||protected area contained by site||580|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Improved grassland & pasture||major|
|Coastline||Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Sea cliffs, rocky shores & rocky islets||minor|
|Forest||Eucalypt tall open forests; Rainforest & vine thickets||major|
|Shrubland||Heath; Other shrublands||major|
Land ownership State or local government; private.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Protection status Numerous - see separate section.
Acknowledgements Eric Woehler provided comments and data.
References Harries, D.N. (Ed.) (1992) Forgotten Wilderness: North West Tasmania. Tasmanian Conservation Trust Incorporated: Hobart.
Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Team (2006) National Recovery Plan for the Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster. Department of Primary Industries and Water: Hobart.
Scultz, M. (1993a) A survey of the Hooded Plover of the north-west Tasmanian coastline, from Macquarie Harbour to Bluff Point. The Stilt 22: 40-43.
Scultz, M. (1993b) A survey of shorebirds of western Tasmania. Part one. Macquarie Harbour to Bluff Point. The Stilt 23: 24-25.
Parks and Wildlife Service (2002) Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Management Plan 2002 http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/publications/tech/arthurpieman/summary.html accessed April 2007.
Woehler, E. (2007) Inventory of shorebird sites in the Cradle-Coast NRM region, including King Island, 2006/07. Report to Cradle-Coast NRM and DPIW.
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