Lighthouse at Sandy Point, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)
Where land, sea and sky meet
Sandy Point is a 2,471-acre (1,000-hectare) island of natural wealth in St. Georges Bay, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. The breathtaking landscape, with its sand dunes and salt marshes, is uncommon to Newfoundland and Labrador because much of the province’s coastline consists of rugged, rocky shoreline and sheer cliffs plunging into the ocean. The sandy beaches and dunes are important nesting habitats for numerous bird species at risk.
Sandy Point at a glance
Situated 35 kilometres south of Stephenville, Sandy Point is uninhabited and renowned for its tidal flats and pristine beaches. It provides an important undisturbed breeding habitat for migratory birds. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is currently protecting nine properties here for a total of almost 70 acres (28 hectares).
- sanctuary for over 100 species of shorebirds and waterfowl, including endangered piping plover;
- home to semipalmated plovers, both Arctic and common terns and the willets;
- supports some of the highest numbers of migrating shorebirds ever recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- features a rare and unusual habitat, including the largest Spartina salt marsh and one of the largest eel-grass beds in the province
- home to 11 rare plant species including seabeach sedge, saltmarsh rush, seaside lavender and saltwater cordgrass.
Our vision for Sandy Point
NCC will continue the Sandy Point Legacy Project. As the single largest landowner in the area and through our management and stewardship activities, the viability of these species will be greatly increased. We enjoy a positive working relationship with the local community and partner organizations that will continue to ensure the long-term protection of this precious preserve.