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Location St Lucia, Dennery,Praslin
Central coordinates 60o 53.76' West  13o 53.52' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B4i
Area 826 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description The Mandele dry forest is located on the eastern part of St. Lucia encompassed by Ravine Pascal to the north, Ravine Bourge to the south and on the northwest by the Dennery Water Works Forest Reserve. It is about 826 ha.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus resident  2007  < 50 individuals  medium  B4i  Least Concern 
Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
St Lucia Amazon Amazona versicolor non-breeding  2007  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
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  < 50 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Pewee Contopus latirostris resident  2007  < 50 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Flycatcher Myiarchus oberi resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
White-breasted Thrasher Ramphocinclus brachyurus resident  2007  1,010-1,130 individuals  good  A1, A2  Endangered 
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Grey Trembler Cinclocerthia gutturalis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
St Lucia Oriole Icterus laudabilis resident  2007  100-200 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
St Lucia Black Finch Melanospiza richardsoni resident  2007  unknown  A1, A2  Endangered 
Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Anse Galet-Anse Cochon reefs Marine Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Fregate Islands Nature Reserve 6 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Praslin Mangroves Marine Reserve 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   major
Forest Mangrove  minor
Other   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
tourism/recreation major
Notes: Hotel development
not utilised major
water management major

Other biodiversity The agouti is found in the area. Also found are the boa constrictor and the fer-de-lance. Among the plants, the endangered Latanier palm is very significant to the area.

Protection status Marine Reserve – Praslin Mangroves. This site was declared a marine reserve in 1986; Reef from Anse Galet to beach at Anse Cochon – declared a marine reserve in 1990. All sites are found within the IBA Projected PAs – Praslin Island, Nature reserve within DCG development area There are also Crown Lands at this site (e.g. around Bordelais) which may have the potential for future conservation management. The Praslin mangroves and Frigate Islands are protected areas adjacent 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 Hudson L., Renard Y., and Romulus G. 1992. A system of protected areas for St. Lucia. St. Lucia National Trust, Castries St. Lucia biodiversity country report of St. Lucia. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2000.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mandele Dry Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/10/2014

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