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Big Barasway (NF037)

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Big Barasway (NF037)

Burgeo, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Latitude 47,640°N
Longitude 57,728°O
Altitude 0 - 10m
Superficie 10,40km²

Description du site

The Grand Bay West and Cheeseman Provincial Park beaches are located at the southwest corner of Newfoundland, near Port-aux-Basques. Cheeseman Provincial Park is located at the western edge of the site, while the Grand Bay West beaches cover the central and eastern sections of the site. Together, they form a beach system that spans approximately 8 km of coastline, with a few small rocky sections being interspersed, and a low rocky peninsula being located near the eastern end. The beach is variable in width, but is mostly between 50 and 100 m wide. Some small sand dunes are also present. Cheeseman Provincial Park is the first park that thousands of tourists encounter after they exit the ferry that links Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.

Oiseaux

Between 1985 and 1998, an average of 7 adult Piping Plovers were recorded at Big Barasway by the Newfoundland Wildlife Division. This represents about 1.6% of the Atlantic Canada population (based on the 1996 International Piping Plover Survey). Between 1995 and 1998, Grand Barasway supported 24% of the Piping Plovers recorded in Newfoundland. Piping Plovers are designated as both globally vulnerable and nationally endangered.

Enjeux de conservation

For the most part, the designation of Big Barasway as a Provincial Wildlife Reserve has reduced the usage of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the beaches. In addition, Grandy Brook separates the beach from the community of Burgeo, and this is enough of a barrier to stop most illegal ATV traffic. The use of ATVs is damaging to plover habitat and can often lead to nest abandonment and reduced nest productivity. As most sites on the coast of Newfoundland, there is a continual threat of oil spills.

Catégories ZICO Habitats Usages Menaces Potencielles ou Existantes Status de Protection
Pluvier siffleur
Nombre Année Saison
52011Été
42006Automne
92006Été
32001Été
51998Été
91997Été
51996Été
81995Été
81992Été
71991Été
51990Été
81989Été
81988Été
61987Été
61985Été