|Location||Kenya, Eastern Province|
|Central coordinates||37o 40.00' East 0o 48.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||1,000 - 1,100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Mwea National Reserve contains gently rolling Acacia–Commiphora bushland on the north shore of the Kamburu Reservoir, at the confluence of the Tana and Thiba rivers, 100 km north-west of Nairobi. This small reserve lies just east of Masinga Reservoir (IBA KE032). Within its borders are 700 ha (including two small islands) of the 1,500 ha Kamburu Dam. The reserve was created in 1975 as a wildlife sanctuary, and is owned by the Mbeere County Council (pending District confirmation) and managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. The area is semi-arid with an annual rainfall of between 250 and 500 mm. Thick bush (dominated by Acacia mellifera, with Grewia, Sesbania, Cassia and A. brevispica, as well as some Lantana) and scattered trees, including baobab Adansonia digitata, line the waterfront. This thins out further up the slope, with a mixture of A. mellifera and Commiphora species and some open glades. Richer scrub and woodland line seasonal rivers and streams. Sesbania forms a broad, fairly dense cover on flood-plains, especially the northern part of the Thiba. The reserve is essentially undeveloped. There is a campsite and c.95 km of rough roads, but no accommodation.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae||winter||-||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|Hinde's Pied-babbler Turdoides hindei||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Mwea||National Reserve||6,803||protected area contains site||4,200|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Woodland - mixed||-|
|Savanna||Bushland & thicket - evergreen||-|
|Shrubland||Scrub - forest||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Large and small herbivores are numerous, including Loxodonta africana (EN). Crocodylus niloticus and Hippopotamus amphibius occur in the dam.
References Birnie (1992), Campbell (1992), Le Pelley (1992), Loefler (1989), Njau-ini (1996), Shaw et al. (2001), Zimmerman et al. (1996).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mwea National Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2014
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