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Location India, Himachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 76o 49.73' East  32o 30.18' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 10,295 ha
Altitude 2,550 - 6,072m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

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Site description This Sanctuary lies in Chamba district, 113 km from Chamba town. Access is from Kilar by foot to Sechu (15 km), alternatively via Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir to Sarsu and onwards by foot to Sechu. The Sanctuary includes several glaciers. Hindu and Buddhist temples are also located at Bhat, Tuan, Hilu, Chrroti and Kalichor. There are 11 villages inside the Sanctuary, with a total population of more than a thousand people. Fourteen villages with a population of about 3,000 are located in the surrounding area. The number of livestock grazing inside the Sanctuary is above 3,000 (Singh et al. 1990). According to Champion and Seth (1968), three forest types are found in this IBA: Dry Alpine Scrub, Moist Alpine Scrub, and Lower Western Himalayan Temperate Forest. Species of medicinal value include Aconitum heterophyllum, Jurinea macrocephala and Ephedra gerardiana (Singh et al. 1990). Plantations of fuelwood and other commercial forest products have been established by the Forest Department. Species planted include Cedar Cedrus deodara, Poplar Salix sp., Kail Pinus wallichiana, Willow Alnus, Robinia Robinia sp. and Walnut Juglans regia (Singh et al. 1990).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sechu Tuan Nala National Park 10,300 is identical to site 10,295  
Sechu Tuan Nala Sanctuary 10,295 is identical to site 10,295  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
rangeland/pastureland -
Notes: Grazing

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Sanjeeva Pandey.

References 

Champion, H. G. and Seth, S. K. (1968) A revised survey of the forest types of India. Govt. of India Press, Delhi. Pp. 403.

Rodger, W. A. and Panwar, H. S. (1988) Planning a Protected Area Network in India. 2 vols. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

Singh, S., Kothari, A. and Pande, P. (Eds) (1990) Directory of national parks and sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh: management status and profiles. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Pp 164.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sechu Tuan Nala Wildlife Sanctuary. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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