Codroy Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by NCC)

Codroy Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by NCC)

Nature Conservancy of Canada seeks to protect outstanding wildlife habitat in western Newfoundland and Labrador

November 16, 2016
Newfoundland and Labrador


Group launches campaign to expand conservation in Codroy Valley

An outstanding wildlife habitat on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland is part of a new conservation effort by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

NCC is launching a campaign to conserve a 60-hectare (150-acre) property located in the Grand Codroy Estuary, near the community of Doyles.

It includes half a kilometre of land on the Grand Codroy River, one of the largest bogs in the Codroy Valley, and is particularly valuable for bird habitat.

A multitude of species of songbirds, shorebirds and migratory birds spend some or all of the year in the Grand Codroy Estuary, including 19 species of waterfowl alone.

For many of these birds, the Codroy Valley is their only home in Newfoundland and Labrador. Part of the Codroy Valley has been designated an Important Bird Area, making it a place of international significance for the conservation of birds and biodiversity.

The province’s only Ramsar site is also located in the Codroy Valley, making it a globally significant habitat for birds (as recognized under Ramsar, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). 

“This property is a conservation priority for NCC because it supports one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most diverse populations of birds and because it’s in an area recognized internationally for being critical habitat,” said Lanna Campbell, Newfoundland and Labrador program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

”We know many of the species of birds in the Codroy Valley are facing threats due to urbanization, habitat loss and climate change, which makes it all the more important for NCC to work with landowners and the community to protect this valuable habitat for the future."

NCC is a non-profit conservation organization that has been working with willing landowners to conserve wildlife habitat in the Codroy Valley since 1994.  If acquired, the 150-acre property would be a significant addition to the seven other sites already protected by NCC in the Grand Codroy Estuary.

To learn more about the project or to donate, call the Newfoundland and Labrador office of the Nature Conservancy of Canada at 1-709-753-5540 or email


• Now holding seven percent of the land within the Ramsar site, NCC is helping to protect the estuary shoreline from additional development. We also work with the community as stewards, and involve new and experienced birds in Conservation Volunteers events. These activities give people an appreciation of the amazing diversity of bird life in their backyards.

• The Grand Codroy River gathers water from the Long Range Mountains and Anguille Mountains in the southwest corner of the Island of Newfoundland. The moderate climate, protected shores, rolling cultivated grasslands and lush balsam fir forests give the Grand Codroy River Estuary a rich biological diversity.

• Important Bird Area (IBA) is an area identified using an internationally agreed upon set of criteria as being globally important for the conservation of bird populations. The program was developed and the sites are identified by BirdLife International. Currently there are more than 12,000 IBAs worldwide. 

• The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for conservation. There are only 37 Ramsar sites in Canada.

• A 2016 North America-wide survey of birds found that more than one third of all species are declining:


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading private, not-for-profit land conservation organization, protecting vital natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected 71,000 acres in Atlantic Canada, including 13,000 acres in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Visit and learn more:

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