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Location Anguilla (to UK)
Central coordinates 63o 1.32' West  18o 13.39' North
IBA criteria A2, B4i
Area 43 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2013





Site description 

Cauls’ Pond, is the second largest pond on the Anguilla mainland. It is a large, oblong shaped pond located within the south-eastern area of the island. The pond has a mostly limestone substrate with marl substrate on its western end. The limestone stretches up a slope on its northern, eastern and southern sides. Within the pond, there is a small mud flat ‘island’. There are two access points to the pond: one on the eastern end and one on its western end. 

The pond lies within a relatively undeveloped area. Lying under sea level, it is a water catchment for a large area of land surrounding it. The only development within the surrounding vegetation is the remnants of the Crystal Stream processing plant. An unpaved road that is overgrown by vegetation leads to the building’s ruins. The building was initially constructed by the Government of Anguilla to serve as a desalination plant but due to equipment failure, the plant was closed. 

Vegetation is evenly distributed around the pond. It is primarily scrub-like with a number of native plants lining the pond. Buttonwood mangrove and cacti grow close to the water’s edge, with trees, including mauby, tamarind and cedars, growing just behind the mangrove line.

Hydrological value: 

Cauls Pond is a brackish pond that has several springs. Over the years, some of the springs have closed naturally, some were deliberately blocked and others are still functional. The eastern, northern and southern sides of the pond are elevated above the pond which allows runoff after heavy rains to collect in the pond’s basin. 

Despite the pond’s distance from the sea, the pond is brackish. The source of salt water is believed to be attributed to the pond existing below sea level, the porosity of the base of the pond allows for the introduction of salt water. 

The pond has had no construction of dams or other water management measures.
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
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis resident  2011  max 64 individuals  good  B4i  Least Concern 
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla passage  2008  max 177 individuals  good  B4i  Least Concern 
Least Tern Sternula antillarum breeding  2009  max 323 individuals  good  B4i  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2013  present  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2013  present  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2013  present  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2013  present  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  major
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires & springs; Freshwater lakes & pools  major
Shrubland Arid lowland scrub  minor

Land ownership Private/State

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
nature conservation and research major
agriculture minor
Notes: livestock grazing

Protection status None

Access/Land-Owner requests 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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