|Location||Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad|
|Central coordinates||61o 9.51' West 10o 11.16' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||0 - 303m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The Victoria-Mayaro Forest Reserve is found at the southeast corner of Trinidad. The reserve comprises in excess of 50000 ha and is mainly forested. However, there are a few farms and small settlements within the reserve and a number of roads and pipelines pass through. Much of the area is currently leased to the State-owned petroleum company for exploration and extraction of oil, which in part provides some degree of protection, at least against shifting agriculture and bush fires. Within the reserve the Trinity Hills rise to 303m and represent the eastern end of the Southern Range. The hillsides of the Trinity Hills are very steep and provide an element of protection. Surrounding habitation includes a fishing village to the east, several oil installations, and service providers to the oil and natural gas industries. The area is a favoured location for hunters.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Trinidad Piping-guan Pipile pipile||resident||2000||unknown||-||A1, A2, A3||Critically Endangered|
|Copper-rumped Hummingbird Amazilia tobaci||resident||2006||unknown||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Trinity Hills||Game Sanctuary||8,246||protected area contained by site||0|
|Victoria Mayo Reserve||Forest Reserve||53,727||protected area contained by site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Non-forested areas include agricultural fields within and encroach on the periphery of the reserve and one area of pasture of roughly 50 ha.|
|Notes: A major natural gas pipeline corridor crosses the reserve.|
Other biodiversity The Trinidad and Tobago endemic frog Eleutherodactylus urichi is found at the Trinity hills and surrounding forest
Protection status The IBA selected includes the entire Victoria-Mayaro Forest Reserve which includes the Trinity Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is approximately 7500 ha.
References Bacon, P.B. and R.P. ffrench (1972); Beard, J.S.,. ;Hayes, F. E. (2006)
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Victoria-Mayaro Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2014
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