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Location St Lucia, Anse-La-Raye,Babonneau,Cannaries,Dennery,Laborie,Micoud,Soufriere
Central coordinates 60o 58.00' West  13o 53.58' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 7,974 ha
Altitude 0 - 950m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The Government Forest Reserve (GFR) comprise of 7290 hectares of tropical moist forest that straddles the central mountain massif running from north to south of the Island. The GFR is divided into 5 ranges for management purposes, these are: Northern Range, Dennery Range, Millet Range, Soufriere Range and Quilesse Range. Northern Range is located in the north of the Island and is adjacent to the communities of Desbarrah, Des Chassin, Forestiere and Marc. Dennery Range lies more east/central and is adjacent to the communities of Aux-Leon, Denniere Riviere, Grand Riviere and Dennery. Millet Range lies west/central and is bonded by the communities of Millet, Ravine Poisson, Anse-la-Raye and Cannaries. Soufriere Range lies south/western and is adjacent to the communities of Fond St. Jacques and Saltibus while Quilesse Range is adjacent to the communities of Desruisseaux and Tirocher in the southeast. There are no human settlements within the Government Forest Reserve.

Key Biodiversity The bird species of national importance within the GFR are as follows: St. Lucia Amazon Amazona versicolor, St. Lucia Black Finch Melanospiza richardsoni, St. Lucia Oriole Icterus laudabilis, St. Lucia Pewee Contopus oberi, St. Lucia Warbler Dendroica delicata, St. Lucia Flycatcher Myiachus oberi sanctae luceae and Semper’s Warbler Leucopeza semperi. Other bird species that inhabit the area are: Banana Quit Coereba flaveola, Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis, Black-faced Grass Quit Tiaris bicolor, Broad-Winged hawk Buteo platypterus, Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis, Green heron Butorides virescens, Grey Trembler Cinclocerthia gutturalis, Brown Trembler Cinclocerthia ruficauda, Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor, Common Ground Dove Columbina passerina, Red-Necked Pigeon Patagioenas squamosa, Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica, Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis, Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica, American Kestrel Falco sparverius, Ruddy Quail Dove Geotrygon montana, Bridled Quail Dove Geotrygon mystacea, Scaly-Breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus, Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus, Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus, Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris, Lesser Antillean Saltator Saltator albicolis, Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus nudigenis, Grey Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis, Black-whispered Vireo Vireo altiloquus, Zenaida Dove Zenaida aurita. The proposed IBA is important for many species of migrants including warblers. The area is wholly forested with high canopy forest sustaining a myriad of species.

Non-bird biodiversity: Other endemic species found in the GFR include the St. Lucia Boa constrictor Constrictor orophias, St. Lucia viper Bothrops caribbaeus, St. Lucia anole Anolis luceae and St. Lucia Pygmy Gecko Sphaerodactylus microlepis Mammal species found in the forest include, Agouti (non-native, naturalised) Dasyprocta Antilles, and the bats Artibeus jamaicensis, Brachyphylla cavemum, Monophyllus plethodon and Ardops nichollsi (none of these are island endemics but the last 3 are regional endemics) Endemic Flora: Acalypha elizabethae, Bernardia laurentii, Beilschmieda pendula, Chrysochlamys caribaea, Daphnopsis macrocarpa, Miconia luciana, Miconia secunda, Siparuna sanctae-luciae, Lobelia sanctae luciae.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
St Lucia Amazon Amazona versicolor resident  2007  800-1,000 individuals  good  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Lesser Antillean Swift Chaetura martinica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2007  1,000-2,499 unknown  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Pewee Contopus latirostris resident  2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Flycatcher Myiarchus oberi resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Brown Trembler Cinclocerthia ruficauda resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Grey Trembler Cinclocerthia gutturalis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Solitaire Myadestes genibarbis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Forest Thrush Turdus lherminieri resident  2007  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
St Lucia Warbler Dendroica delicata resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Semper's Warbler Leucopeza semperi resident  2007  < 50 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 
St Lucia Oriole Icterus laudabilis resident  2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Loxigilla noctis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 
St Lucia Black Finch Melanospiza richardsoni resident  2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Endangered 
Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Saltator Saltator albicollis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Government Forest Reserve Forest Reserve 7,290 is identical to site 7,290  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Introduced vegetation   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
forestry major
tourism/recreation minor

Protection status The entire Government Forest Reserve is a protected area. This designation was made in 1946. The protected area is identical to the proposed IBA.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Anthony D. 2005. Inventory of the Flora and Fauna of the Chassin/La Sorciere Area St. lucia. St. Lucia Rain Forest Tram Inc. Howard, R. A., 1979. Flora of the Lesser Antilles – Windward and leeward islands Vols 1-4 Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Jamaica plain, Massachusetts Raffaele, H. Wiley J., Garrido, O., Keith A. and Raffaele J., 1998 A Guide to the Birds of the West Indies. Princeton University Press, Princeton New Jersey St. Lucia Biodiversity Country Report of St. Lucia. Castries: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2000. St. Lucia Environmental Profile, 1991.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Government Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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