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Location Seychelles
Central coordinates 52o 53.00' East  6o 5.00' South
IBA criteria A4ii
Area 1 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Nature Seychelles



Site description The site lies c.320 km south-west of Mahé on the western edge of the Amirantes group. It is a small, sandstone platform island, with no resident human population. There is a small sandy beach, but it is difficult to land due to heavy swells even during calm weather. There are no trees. The island may be one of the most pristine cays in the western Indian Ocean, with no introduced vegetation.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. This is one of the last two strongholds of Sula dactylatra in Seychelles. In addition, c.500 pairs of Puffinus pacificus breed.

Non-bird biodiversity: The turtles Chelonia mydas (EN) and Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) nest and may be taken by poachers.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra breeding  3,000-5,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Boudeuse Nature Reserve 1 is identical to site 1  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

References Feare (1978b), Skerrett (1995), Stoddart (1984).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Boudeuse island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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