|Location||Seychelles, La Digue|
|Central coordinates||55o 50.00' East 4o 21.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 333m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Located c.10 km east of Praslin, La Digue is the fourth-largest of the granitic islands. It is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, rocky coasts and a fringing coral reef. Traditional activities, including copra-production and fishing, were the basis of the economy until the tourism industry began in the 1970s. The western plateau (161 ha) was originally entirely covered with marshland and an extensive native forest of Calophyllum inophyllum and Terminalia catappa. Today, only 25% of its area retains indigenous woodland. Significant drainage has taken place, but an important wetland of reedbeds, small ponds and mangroves, Lanmar Soupap, remains. The rest of the plateau is now occupied by housing and tourism developments, coconut plantation and farmland. Little development has taken place on the hill, Nid d’Aigles, in the east of the island. Much drier than the plateau, it supports mixed woodland with both exotic and indigenous trees, small streams, large granite boulders and caves. The site includes La Veuve Special Nature Reserve.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Seychelles Blue-pigeon Alectroenas pulcherrima||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Seychelles Swiftlet Collocalia elaphra||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone corvina||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Seychelles Bulbul Hypsipetes crassirostris||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Seychelles Sunbird Nectarinia dussumieri||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|La Digue Veuve||Special Marine Reserve||8||protected area contained by site||8|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Amphibians include one species of frog (Tachycnemis seychellensis) and three caecilians, all endemic to Seychelles. The western plateau marshes are a stronghold for the rare terrapins Pelusios castanoides and P. subniger. The Seychelles sheath-tailed bat Coleura seychellensis silhouettae (CR) is present on La Digue and large numbers of the bat Pteropus seychellensis also occur.
References Bullock et al. (1988), Neufelt (1992), Rocamora (1997b), Skerrett and Bullock (1992), Watson (1981b, 1991).
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