Barton Point Nature Reserve

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Aerial view of Diego Garcia atoll from the north-west, with Barton Point at lower left
The reserve is an important site for red-footed boobies

Barton Point Nature Reserve is a 680 ha strict nature reserve on the atoll of Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory. It lies at the northern end of the eastern side of the atoll. It holds a breeding colony of red-footed boobies, with over 16,000 pairs recorded in a 2004 survey, for which it was identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.[1] The reserve is also the site of the Barton Point Atoll Restoration Project, a pilot scheme to remove introduced and invasive coconut palms and replant native hardwood trees.[2]


  1. ^ "Barton Point Nature Reserve". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2012. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ "British Indian Ocean Territory: 2010 Chagos Expedition". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-21.

Coordinates: 07°14′11″S 72°26′15″E / 7.23639°S 72.43750°E / -7.23639; 72.43750