IBAs

IBAs 2015-12-03T10:40:08+00:00

During 2006-2009, many Australian locations were nominated to be registered internationally as Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). There is no legal standing to an IBA but it brings a higher profile for an area. For an area to be classified as an IBA it has to meet criteria set by BirdLife International. One important criterion is whether the area hosts significant numbers of any species that are endangered, have restricted ranges or congregate in large groups (with >1% of the world population). From the nomination/ selection process now completed, seven IBAs lie in or straddle the Hunter Region:

  • Hunter Estuary IBA: based on records for 6 species of shorebird/waterbird (this IBA also includes Hexham Swamp NR and Pambalong NR)
  • Lake Macquarie IBA: based on Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot records
  • Cabbage Tree Island/Boondelbah Island IBA: based on Gould’s Petrel records
  • Lower Hunter Valley IBA: based on Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot records
  • Barrington Tops /Gloucester Tops IBA: based on records for Rufous Scrub-bird and 6 rainforest species
  • Mudgee-Wollar IBA: based on Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot records (for us, the important part of this IBA is Goulburn River NP)
  • Greater Blue Mountains IBA: based on Rockwarbler and 5 other species (for us, the important part of this IBA is Wollemi NP and Yengo NP)

If you would like to know more about IBAs, go to http://www.birdata.com.au/iba.vm. And if you would be interested in becoming involved with one or more of the IBAs, please contact us.

 

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