|Location||Montserrat (to UK)|
|Central coordinates||62o 10.00' West 16o 42.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||200 - 750m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Covers the one small patch of the original forests in the South Soufriere Hills that has survived the pyroclastic flows from the volcano. Despite being no more than 1 mile (1.5 km) from the Chances Peak volcano, an area of evergreen and semi-deciduous forest has remained intact. The area has been little explored since 1997, since it is in the exclusion zone, but fieldworkers were able to make brief visits in 2001 and 2002. The forest appears to be in good condition.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Brown Trembler Cinclocerthia ruficauda||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Forest Thrush Turdus lherminieri||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Montserrat Oriole Icterus oberi||resident||2001-2002||50-100 breeding pairs||medium||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis||resident||2003||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Many of the forest species found in the Centre Hills probably also occur in this IBA, but data are almost completely lacking, especially for the post-eruption period. Among the herptiles, the Montserrat anole Anolis lividus (Iguanidae), Southern Leeward dwarf gecko Sphaerodactylus fantasticus ligniservulus (Gekkonidae), Montserrat black snake Alsophis antillensis manselli (Colubridae) and Montserrat blind worm snake Typhlops monastus monastus (Typhlopidae) may all occur. Blankenship (1990) reports that the mountain chicken Leptodactylus fallax is absent from the Roche's area. The major insect sampling project that ran from 2000 to 2003 made brief sampling visits to Roche's, but in general the insect fauna of the site is poorly known. It is likely to hold many of the endemic forest insects that occur in the Centre Hills. An undescribed endemic long-horned grasshopper has been found in Roche's as well as the Centre Hills. There is also an undescribed, endemic soldier beetle (Cantharidae) and two undescribed, endemic darkling ground beetle species (Tenebrionidae) from Roche's. The bat fauna of Roche's is thought never to have been sampled. However, predictions are that Tadarida brasiliensis (Near-threatened) and Ardops nichollsi montserrratensis (Near-threatened) are likely to be present, unless the heavy ash falls in that area have adversely affected them.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Soufriere Hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2013
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