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Location China (mainland), Fujian
Central coordinates 116o 45.00' East  25o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 22,133 ha
Altitude 600 - 1,811m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Meihua Shan is a forested area in western Fujian, at an average elevation of 900 m and with over 40 peaks above 1,000 m. The nature reserve extends 20 km from east to west and 19 km from north to south. Forest cover is 60%, and the main vegetation types are subtropical broadleaf evergreen forest, mixed coniferous forest and bamboo stands and scrub.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected plants include Tsuga longlbracteata, Fokienia hodginsii and Bretschneidera sinensis. Animals include Macaca mulatta,Manis pentadactyla, Lutra lutra, Viverricula indica, Viverra zibetha, Neofelis nebulosa, Panthera pardus, Cervus nippon, Selenarctos thibetanus and Capricornis sumatraensis. There were records of Panthera tigris amoyensis in the 1950s.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Collared Partridge Arborophila gingica resident  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Cabot's Tragopan Tragopan caboti resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Elliot's Pheasant Syrmaticus ellioti resident  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Meihuashan Nature Reserve 22,169 is identical to site 22,133  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Meihua Shan Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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