Fisheries and Land Resources

Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve

Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve encompasses three islands - Middle Lawn Island, Swale Island, and Colombier Island - located near the communities of Lawn and Lord's Cove on the Burin Peninsula.

The small islands within Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. The reserve was established primarily to protect the only known colony of Manx shearwater in North America. The Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) is a nocturnal seabird that nests in burrows up to four feet deep and has been recorded with a lifespan of over 50 years.

The islands also provide habitat for at least seven other breeding seabird species, including a significant colony of Leach's storm-petrels, smaller numbers of great black-backed gulls, herring gulls, black guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, common murres and from time to time, arctic and common terns.

Although a small reserve, the islands and waters within Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve are important habitat for thousands of feeding and fledging seabirds. The entire reserve covers 384.6 hectares; 370.7 hectares of this is the marine portion.

The Reserve lies within the Eastern Hyper-oceanic Barrens Ecoregion.

Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve was established as a provisional reserve in 2009, and given full ecological reserve status in 2015.

Image of a Seabird
Photo Credit: Brian Sullivan

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