|Central coordinates||2o 15.00' West 8o 15.00' North|
|Altitude||120 - 500m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 3 for key species. A total of 94 species were recorded in a two-week survey, including 10 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome; see Table 3. Bucorvus abyssinicus and Eupodotis senegalensis occur in the Park.
Site description Bui National Park is situated in the centre-west of the country, against the international frontier with Côte d’Ivoire, and is bisected by the Black Volta river which separates the northern third, in the Northern Region, from the southern sector, in the Brong-Ahafo Region. The southern section is accessible from the Wenchi–Menji–Bongase road, whilst the northern sector is reached from the Wenchi–Bamboi–Wa road. The vegetation of both sectors is predominantly savanna woodland, with areas of grassland and patches of riparian forest along the Black Volta river and other small rivers in the park. These riverine forests are the best-preserved such forests remaining along the Black Volta and, probably, the only such forest left in the entire Volta system. Common tree species include Butyrospermum paradoxum, Parkia clappertoniana, Daniella oliveri and Isoberlina doka with the last three species dominant in savanna woodland. The park is, perhaps, the least developed in Ghana, although it has been in existence for three decades.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedo leucogaster||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Green Crombec Sylvietta virens||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Bui||National Park||182,060||protected area contains site||18,210|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Two threatened species of crocodile, Osteolaemus tetraspis (VU) and Crocodylus cataphractus (DD), occur in the Black Volta. The park is particularly noted for the resident population of Hippopotamus amphibius and contains the largest of the only two viable populations in Ghana.
Management considerations The park is sometimes used illegally by Fulani herdsmen bringing in cattle from the neighbouring countries to the north, particularly Burkina Faso. The proposed Bui Dam project is a serious potential threat, since it could result in flooding of most of the protected area and the entire riverine forest system.
References Bennet and Basuglo (1998).
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