|Location||Mauritius, Grand Port,Moka,Plaine Wilhems|
|Central coordinates||57o 32.00' East 20o 21.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||350 - 700m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site includes patches of native vegetation, covering up to 210 ha, scattered over the southern part of the central plateau (350–700 m). They are either isolated mountain peaks unsuitable for forestry (Piton du Milieu, Montagne Lagrave, Montagne Laselle, Montagne d’Hauvillard, Kanaka Crater); areas saved from clearance because of botanical importance (Bois Sec, Les Mares, Gouly Père, Perrier); or areas saved for reasons not documented (Rivière du Poste, Jouanis, Monvert). The whole region is very humid and various native plant communities are represented, as well as spectacular landscapes such as the exposed volcanic plug of Piton du Milieu and the very sharp ridge of Montagne Laselle. Ranching and hunting of deer are limited to a few of the patches. Several patches are reserves. The native forest of State Land Monvert and Montagne Lagrave is fenced.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Meller's Duck Anas melleri||winter||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Mauritius Parakeet Psittacula eques||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Mascarene Swiftlet Collocalia francica||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Mauritius Cuckooshrike Coracina typica||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Mascarene Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone bourbonnensis||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Mauritius Black Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Mascarene Grey White-eye Zosterops borbonicus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Mauritius Olive White-eye Zosterops chloronothus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Bois Sec||Nature Reserve||6||protected area contained by site||6|
|Gouly Pere||Nature Reserve||11||protected area contained by site||11|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Endemic plant communities, all rich in rare and endemic species: cloud-forest (on Montagne Lagrave, highest native pteridophyte diversity in Mauritius); rainforest; other mixed montane forest (at Perrier, finest ‘Sideroxylon formation’); montane shrubland (on Montagne Laselle, very rare heath community). Many extremely rare plants are known from these sites (in several cases, only one site), for example Tectiphiala ferox (monotypic palm genus, E). Reptiles: Phelsuma rosagularis, Phelsuma cepediana (endemic). Mammals: Pteropus niger (VU), Mormopterus acetabulosus (VU).
References Cheke (1987a,b), Jones (1987), Safford (1991, 1993a, 1997a,b).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Relict forests of central plateau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2013
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