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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 60o 48.00' West  63o 40.00' South
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 129 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2011





Site description Cape Wollaston lies at the northwestern extremity of Trinity Island, ~40 km from the Davis Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The IBA comprises the ice-free area of Cape Woolaston, which rises to ~250 m.

Information on the environment at the site is not available. The nearest permanent scientific facility is Primavera Station (Argentina), located 53 km to the south.

Key Biodiversity An estimated 10,000 pairs of Southern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacioloides) breed on the cliffs and offshore islands around Cape Wollaston, Megaptera Island and northwestern Trinity Island (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data, cited in Creuwels et al. 2007). Cape Petrel (Daption capense) and Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea) have also been observed at Cape Wollaston (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides breeding  1987  2,000-20,000 breeding pairs  poor  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds A4iii   

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cape Wollaston, Trinity Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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