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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 55o 55.00' West  61o 28.00' South
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 382 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2011





Site description Aspland Island and Eadie Island and O’Brien Island are ~40-50 km southwest of Elephant Island, in the eastern region of the South Shetland Islands. Aspland Island is the largest of the two, with its lower slopes being ice-free with a permanent ice cap rising to 735 m covering higher terrain. Eadie Island is a small rocky island approximately 2 km across, with an ice-capped summit of over 250 m. The IBA comprises both of these islands.

Little information on the environment at Aspland, Eadie and O’Brien Islands is available. Over 80 terrestrial plant species have been recorded on Elephant Island and its neighbouring islands. On Eadie Island, these include the moss Orthotrichum crassifolium, the lichens Caloplaca sp., Catillaria corymbosa and Unsea antarctica, and the algae Prasiola crispa (Allison and Smith, 1973).

There are no scientific stations in the vicinity of the site, with the nearest facility 155 km to the southwest on King George Island.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides breeding  1977  18,300 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1977  18,300 breeding pairs  A4iii   

Other biodiversity None known.

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aspland Island and Eadie Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014

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