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ASPA 116: New College Valley, Caughley Beach, Cape Bird, Ross Island
Proponent: New Zealand
Location: 77°13´12´´S  166°26´24´´E
Approx. Area: 0.34 km2
Summary: New College Valley is located south of Cape Bird on ice-free slopes above Caughley Beach, which lies between two Adélie penguin rookeries known as the Cape Bird Northern and Middle Rookeries. The area is the site of the most extensive and luxuriant stands of moss, algae, and lichens in southern Victoria Land; the terrestrial ecosystem within the site is the subject of long-term research. Because of the susceptibility of the cryptogamic vegetation to damage from trampling, designation of the area provides protection for its biota. The Restricted Zone is a conservation reserve with more stringent access conditions
Designation: Rec XIII-12
Last Review: 2016
Current Plan: M 1 (2016)
Next Review: 2021
Annex V format adoption: 2000
Modification / Review summary: Designated SPA 20 in Rec.XIII-12 (1985). Its original Management Plan was adopted in Rec. XVII-2 (1992). SSSI 10 (Caughley Beach) was designated in Rec. XIII-8 (1985). A revised Management Plan, adopted in Measure 1 (2000) merged the two areas and SSSI 10 ceased to exist. The site was re-designated ASPA 116 and a new Management Plan was adopted in Measure 1 (2006). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 1 (2011). A new revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 1 (2016).
Primary reason for designation: C - areas with important or unusual assemblages of species, including major colonies of breeding native birds or mammals;
Main Environmental Domain represented: S - McMurdo - South Victoria Land geologic (also includes Ellsworth, Werner etc mountains)


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