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Location St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mainland St Vincent
Central coordinates 61o 11.48' West  13o 10.74' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 834 ha
Altitude 244 - 899m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description This proposed Reserve is the most southerly making up the proposed Central Forest Reserve. It contains four watersheds that together produce over 25% of the country’s potable water. It also encompasses the island’s highest southerly peak, Mount St. Andrew, which overlooks the capital. The forest zones contained include Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest and Dry Scrub Woodland. Due to its close proximity to the capital, where approximately 25% of the population resides, human activities (including squatting and illegal marijuana cultivation) extend into its borders. This Reserve contains portions of Parrot habitat and range that were omitted during the establishment of the St. Vincent Parrot Reserve in 1987.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
St Vincent Amazon Amazona guildingii resident  2006  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Lesser Antillean Swift Chaetura martinica resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Grenada Flycatcher Myiarchus nugator resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Brown Trembler Cinclocerthia ruficauda resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Solitaire Myadestes genibarbis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Whistling Warbler Catharopeza bishopi resident  2006  unknown  A1, A2  Endangered 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Tanager Tangara cucullata resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kingstown Forest Reserve 834 is identical to site 834  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Second-growth or disturbed forest  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
Notes: Cultivation of marijuana.

Other biodiversity As part of the proposed Central Forest Reserve, species also include endemic herpetofauna A. griseus, C. vincenti, A. griseus and A. trinitatus; endemic sub-species M. bruesi and endemic flora A. vincentiana, B. rotundifolia, P. cuneata, P. vincentiana, E. vincentinum, C. vincentiana and C. tenera.

Protection status Central Forest Reserve

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

References Ivor Jackson and Associates. 2004

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kingstown Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2014

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