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Location India, Himachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 76o 20.60' East  32o 11.93' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 700 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The valley from north to west of Sarah, below Dharamshala town, is a rare example of a valley at the foot of the Dhauladhar Range that is still largely covered with good forest, despite the fact that human population pressure is high in this zone, which has large well watered areas ideal for agriculture. There are only a few valleys that connect the dry deciduous forests of the Siwalik Hills to the temperate forests on the higher Dhauladhar Range. The forest in the valley around Sarah is more lush than most of the forests found in the Shiwaliks. It is a fine example of broad-leaf forest in a zone where most forests have given way to intensive, irrigated agriculture or to plantation of pine trees. Sub-tropical mixed forest with good undergrowth and deciduous and broad-leafed species interspersed with Chir Pine trees cover this area. The higher reaches of the valley are partly covered by tea gardens.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture in very small plots; Tea production

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Jan Willem den Besten.


BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Asia: Project briefing book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K., unpublished.

BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sarah Valley, Lower Dharamshala. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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