University of Liverpool seabird tracking in Anguilla 2012-2015

University of Liverpool

Dataset credit

Dr. Louise Soanes, University of Roehampton, UK
Dr. Jonathan Green, University of Liverpool, UK
Dr. Jenny Bright, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK
Ms. Farah Mukhida, Anguilla National Trust
Ms. Susan Zaluski, Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society, British Virgin Islands


Primary contact Louise Soanes University of Liverpool
Data entry Connie Kot



The UK Overseas Territories of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands are located in the north-west Lesser Antilles. Whilst mainland Anguilla lacks any large breeding seabird populations, its offshore cays excel in this area and are home to five globally and 12 regionally important populations. Four of Anguilla’s seven offshore cays are already designated as terrestrial important bird areas (IBAs) due to their important seabird colonies, with Dog Island being the second most important site for breeding seabirds in the region. The British Virgin Islands (composed of 60 cays) support two globally important populations of Magnificent frigatebird and Roseate tern and have three IBAs designated for breeding seabird populations. This study uses GPS tracking data collected from the guild of globally and regionally important seabird populations breeding within these two Territories to identify important foraging areas, and relate these to oceanographic variables and potential threats such as fishing activity and coastal/marine developments.

This project is being led by the University of Liverpool (UK) in collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Anguilla National Trust, Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society and British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust, with support from the Anguillan Government’s Fisheries and Marine Resources Department and the BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department, and funded by the UK’s Darwin Plus Initiative.


This project aimed to:
(1) identify key feeding areas of seabirds using GPS technology,
(2) establish and support long-term monitoring strategies in Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, and
(3) identify current and future threats facing seabird populations in Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.

Supplemental information





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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
recnumRecord number (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
sp_obsSpecies observed
birdidBird ID number
obs_dateDate of observation
obs_timeTime of observation
latitudeLatitude of observation
longitudeLongitude of observation
siteSite of tagging
seriesUnique id, based on birdid, site of tagging, and species
scinameScientific name of species observated
sp_tsnSpecies ITIS TSN
obs_countNumber of animals observed (1)
geomGeometry (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2012-03-27
Date, End2015-03-30
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude17.05 - 24.21
Longitude-66.62 - -58.04
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 1280)
Traveled (km)254,095
Travel hours29,596
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