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Location Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua
Central coordinates 61o 48.23' West  17o 2.21' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 188 ha
Altitude 120 - 280m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description Walling’s Forest IBA is in south-west Antigua, in the volcanic Shekerly Mountains. The forest is on the north-west slopes of Signal Hill (Antigua’s second highest mountain). Boggy Peak (and Sage Hill) lies c.4 km to the west, beyond which is the Christian Valley IBA (AG009). The slopes of Signal Hill are traversed by contour drainage ditches so that all most run off feeds into Walling’s reservoir, created by a dam built in 1900 with a view to supplying neighbouring villages with potable water (something it no longer does). The IBA supports the largest and best remaining tract of moist evergreen forest on the island. A popular trail to the top of Signal Hill starts near the reservoir which is quite heavily used by tourists, and locals at weekends.

Key Biodiversity This IBA supports populations of nine (of the 11) Lesser Antilles EBA restricted-range birds. Within Antigua, some of these species (Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea, Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus, Pearly-eyed Thrasher M. fuscatus and Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica) are entirely confined to the Walling’s Forest and Christian Valley IBA (AG009) ecosystem. A significant population of the Near Threatened White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala also occurs.

Non-bird biodiversity: Seven species of bat occur including the Near Threatened insular single leaf bat Monophylus plethodon and Brazilian free-tailed bat Tadarida brasilensis.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  2007  50 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2007  2 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2007  10 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus resident  2007  100 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2007  100 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2007  150 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Wallings Woodlands Wildlife Reserve 0 is identical to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane broadleaf evergreen  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Acknowledgements Authors Joseph Prosper, Victor Joseph, Andrea Otto, Shanee Prosper (Environmental Awareness Group)

Further web sources of information 

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

References Bacon, PR., (1991);Bunce, L., (1993);Caribbean Conservation Association. (1991);Lindsay, k. and Horwith, B. (1997);MacPherson, J. (1973);Martin-Kaye, P., (1969);Martin-Kaye, P., (1959);Pregill, GKD et al.(1994);Raffaele, H., et al. (1998); Spencer, W (1981)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wallings Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014

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