|Location||Kenya, Coast Province|
|Central coordinates||39o 51.00' East 3o 1.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||90 - 230m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Dakatcha is an extensive tract of relatively intact coastal woodland, north of the Sabaki river and between 25 and 50 km inland from the coast. The vegetation is similar to that on the western boundary of Arabuko-Sokoke forest (IBA KE007). The landscape is gently undulating, with woodland dominated by Brachystegia spiciformis in the valleys and on the slopes, and Brachylaena huillensis–Cynometra webberi associations on top of the low hills, on red Magarini sands. Much of the useful Brachylaena has already been cut, since it is in great demand as a long-burning, smokeless fuelwood and for carving. There has also been extensive clearance of the hilltops for pineapple cultivation. The IBA covers two, nearly adjoining tracts of woodland: one of c.25,000 ha, north-west of Baricho town, up to and beyond the Galana Ranch boundary, and extending to the base of Dakabuko Hill; and the other of 7,000 ha, north and west of Marafa town. These (along with another tract, Adu, covering 15,000 ha north and west of Adu village, c.22 km north of Marafa), have been proposed as Forest Reserves in the Kilifi District Forestry Master Plan. Galana Ranch is the property of the Agricultural Development Corporation.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Brown-breasted Barbet Pogonornis melanopterus||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Brown-headed Parrot Poicephalus cryptoxanthus||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Fischer's Turaco Tauraco fischeri||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Near Threatened|
|Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Mombasa Woodpecker Campethera mombassica||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pale Batis Batis soror||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike Prionops scopifrons||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Scaly Babbler Turdoides squamulata||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-bellied Glossy-starling Lamprotornis corruscus||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Mouse-coloured Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Clarke's Weaver Ploceus golandi||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Endangered|
|Zanzibar Bishop Euplectes nigroventris||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Sokoke Pipit Anthus sokokensis||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Endangered|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Dakatcha Woodland Conservation Group||2007|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Woodland - monodominant||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity There is little information on other fauna: the mammal Loxodonta africana (EN) occurs, and Rhynchocyon chrysopygus (EN) is likely to. At least 11 plant taxa in this area are globally or nationally rare, including Monadenium invenustum, Pavetta linearifolia and Eulophia serrata.
References Forest Department (1992), Mlingwa et al. (in press), Robertson and Luke (1993), Jackson (2000).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dakatcha Woodland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/10/2014
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