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Location Ghana, Greater Accra
Central coordinates 0o 5.00' East  5o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 4,900 ha
Altitude 100 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Ghana Wildlife Society



Site description The reserve is located in the Accra plains, c.45 minutes drive north-west of Accra, near the village of Doryum. It is dominated by granitic hills rising over 200 m and covered by dry evergreen forest. The vegetation of the plains is mostly short-grass savanna (dominated by Vetiveria fulvibarbis, Brachiaria falcifera and perennial grasses) with shrubs and trees. The hills support a mosaic of grassland, woodland thickets and low forest, while marshy and aquatic vegetation occur around small dams and depressions.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. The reserve is relatively rich in birdlife; 160 species have been recorded. Species of interest include Bucorvus abyssinicus, Eupodotis melanogaster and Poicephalus senegalus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Shai Hills Game Production Reserve 4,860 protected area contained by site 4,860  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -

References Grimes (1987), Schmitt and Adu-Nsiah (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shai Hills Resource Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014

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