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Location Anguilla (to UK)
Central coordinates 63o 6.34' West  18o 10.52' North
IBA criteria B4i
Area 24 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2013





Site description 

Rendezvous Bay Pond is a brackish pond located on the south western coastline of Anguilla. It consists of one main basin. The land to the north and east of the pond gradually increases in elevation with the distance. The land to the south and west is relatively flat. The pond is marl substrate on its northern side and sand substrate on its southern side. 

The western shore, within an area equalling to about half an acre, was infilled. It is separated from the pond only by a paved road which runs along western end of the pond. There is an unpaved, sandy road south of the pond along with access pathways/roads to the east and north. The Anguilla Great House Hotel and Old Caribe Restaurant are located behind the road on the western side of the pond. The abandoned Old Rendezvous Bay Hotel lined the southern road. The northern side of the pond has two villas and two residential homes. The eastern side of the pond is relatively undeveloped but its fields are used for animal grazing.

Vegetation is very sparse around the edges of the pond especially on its southern side and western end. The vegetation on the eastern end of the pond is heavily grazed by cows as well as by sheep and goats. The vegetation which is most dense on the eastern end of the pond is mainly scrub plants while buttonwood mangroves line the western end of the pond. The south side of the pond is mainly grasses as well as a few other salt tolerant plants, including the morning glory and cow bean vines.

The western end of the pond has been subject to some infilling and pollution, most recently for the provision of a parking lot for guests to the hotel and beach. This has resulted in a parking lot filled with pools of water during heavy rains. The material used to infill the pond was construction waste and pieces pieces of used steel, old fencing which is rusting and concrete has potential to affect the quality of water within the pond as well as harm those birds which particularly like this area for feeding.

Hydrological value:

This pond consists of a single shallow, brackish basin. The pond receives freshwater from rainfall and run off. Springs are also a source of freshwater for this pond. The pond has water within its basin year round. Its salt content can be attributed to the nearby bay with salt water seeping into the pond through the thin strip of sandy beach separating the pond and sea. Salinity levels, however, have not been monitored within the pond. 

There is a on rock wall which splits the pond roughly in half. The walls served to limit water movement into the salt producing part of the pond until the end of commercial salt harvesting in Anguilla in the 1970’s.

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 non-breeding  2012  max 29 individuals  good  B4i  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo non-breeding  2007  max 5 individuals  good  B4i  Least Concern 
Least Tern Sternula antillarum breeding  2009  max 53 individuals  good  B4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools  major
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  major
Shrubland Arid lowland scrub  major
Forest Mangrove  minor

Land ownership Private/State

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
Notes: birding
nature conservation and research major
Notes: Bird Monitoring
other major
Notes: Cultural Heritage Site

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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rendezvous Bay Pond. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2014

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