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Location St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mainland St Vincent
Central coordinates 61o 8.33' West  13o 16.47' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 1,184 ha
Altitude 19 - 885m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description Mount Pleasant Reserve lies to the south-east of the proposed La Soufrière National Park and is bordered on its west and south by Richmond and Colonarie Forest Reserves, respectively. Agricultural activities occur primarily along its eastern boundary. It comprises a mixture of Rainforest and Secondary Rainforest, along with Palm Brake in its higher elevations. Dominant rainforest species include Prestoea montana, Dacryodes excelsa , several species of Lauraceae, Meliosma herbertii, Micropholis chrysophylloides and Sloanea caribaea . P. montana and Heliconia spp . are common in Palm Brake. Its undulating landscape supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna and many scenic mountain vistas. The Reserve encompasses the Perseverance water catchment that produces approximately 5% of the country’s annual water output (Ivor Jackson and Associates, 2004). Erosion is a common phenomenon caused by steep slopes, heavy rainfall and accelerated by human pressure on the land. This includes deforestation to facilitate agriculture-related squatting and illegal marijuana cultivation.

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)  
Mount Pleasant Forest Reserve 1,184 is identical to site 1,184  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
water management -

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 Mount Pleasant Reserve lies to the south-east of the proposed La Soufrière National Park and is bordered on its west and south by Richmond and Colonarie Forest Reserves, respectively.

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: Mount Pleasant Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014

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