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Location Anguilla (to UK)
Central coordinates 63o 4.50' West  18o 12.74' North
IBA criteria A2
Area 1 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2013





Site description Katouche Bay Pond is a small, brackish basin located at the bottom of Katouche Valley. The pond is nestled amongst tall trees and dried mangrove branches. The pond is accessible through a clearing from Katouche Bay, the beach lining its western side. The eastern and southern sides of the pond are dry forested areas which were previously used as plantation grounds.

A road that provides access to Katouche Bay runs along the northern side of the pond. The pond and the road are separated by a wide tract of vegetation including tall dry forest trees. There is a foot path that runs along Katouche Valley, continues alongside the pond, and then opens at Katouche Bay.

The pond’s edges are lined with tall mangroves and buttonwood in particular. The trees along with old and dead branches are used as perches or roosting wetland birds.

During heavy rains, water may overflow from the pond and into the bay.

Hydrological Value:

Katouche Bay Pond is a seasonal, brackish lagoon. The pond receives fresh water through runoff provided as water modroves the top of the valley to the bottom. It also collects water directly from rainfall. The pond can dry out completely during periods of low or no rainfall. Its salt content is derived from to 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  unknown individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2013  unknown individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2013  unknown individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2013  unknown individuals  good  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Other   major
Forest Mangrove  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research minor
Notes: ANT Monitoring Programme, Oliver's tours on medicinal plants
tourism/recreation minor
Notes: Trail through Katouche Valley passes alongside pond.

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 Bay Pond. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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