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Location Anguilla (to UK)
Central coordinates 63o 4.16' West  18o 12.42' North
IBA criteria A2
Area 75 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2013





Site description 

Physical features of the site:

Katouche Valley is one of the only remaining forested areas in Anguilla. Natural features within the Valley include one small pond and two limestone caves. The Valley previously served as a plantation area, remnants of which are still visible. The entire Valley is undeveloped.

A road that provides access to Katouche Bay runs along the northern side of the Valley. There is a foot path that runs along Katouche Valley, continues alongside a small pond, and then opens at Katouche Bay.
The Valley’s vegetation consists of a spectrum from short dry scrub plants at the top of the surrounding hills to tall dry forest trees nearing the base.

Hydrological value:

Katouche Bay Pond is a seasonal, brackish lagoon. The pond receives fresh water through runoff provided as water moves from hills surrounding the Valley to the bottom. The pond and Valley collect water mainly from rainfall. The pond can dry out completely during periods of low or no rainfall. Its salt content is derived from its close proximity to the sea as waves tend to break over the beach and into the pond during rough seas. During heavy rains, water may overflow from the pond and into the bay.
 
Currently, monitoring of salinity, phosphates, nitrates, phosphates, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and other gasses does not occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2013  1 individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2013  min 1 individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2013  1-7 individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2013  1-5 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Tropical semi-evergreen  major

Land ownership 

Private

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation major
nature conservation and research minor

Protection status 

None

Acknowledgements 

Author: Clarissa Lloyd, Anguilla National Trust.

Edited by: Farah Mukhida, Anguilla National Trust.

References 

Anguilla National Trust. ANT wetland bird count data (2007 – 2011). Unpublished.

Daniels, Edsel B. 2011. Anguilla Wetlands Mapping Project Report: A component of the UK DFID/OTEP funded “Building a Foundation for Anguilla’s Wetland Future” Project. Unpublished Report.

Holliday, S.H.; Hodge, K.V.D.; Hughes, D.E. 2007. A guide to the birds of Anguilla. Bedfordshire, England; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Lloyd C. and Mukhida, F. 2012. The state of Anguilla’s wetland birds 2007-2011. The Valley, Anguilla: Anguilla National Trust.

Raffaele, H.; Wiley, J.;Garrido, O.; Keith, A. ; Raffaele, J. (2003) Birds of the West Indies. New Jersey, USA: Princeton University Press.

Subin, E, Dudley, J, Crock, J, Bryan, JAS, Thomas, R, Christian, I, Vanterpool, V & Warner, B (1998) A Field Guide to Anguilla’s Wetlands. Anguilla National Trust, The Valley, Anguilla

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Katouche Canyon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/11/2014

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