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Location Uganda, Kabale
Central coordinates 29o 49.86' East  1o 8.22' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 5,100 ha
Altitude 1,820 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001


Site description This IBA lies within the Ruhuhuma swamp in Kageyo valley, in which a river from Lake Bunyonyi flows. It is an extensive natural swamp dominated by papyrus Cyperus papyrus and, in parts, herbaceous plants. The drainage from this swamp connects to Lakes Mutanda and Murehe in Kisoro District. The swamp is a remnant of the extensive papyrus swamp system that once covered the whole of the Ruhuhuma valley, but which was extensively drained in the 1970s for vegetable growing and dairy farming. The local Kagunga Cooperative Society has been growing crops in this swamp for over 40 years. This society had tried draining the whole swamp, but failed in some places because of deep flooding during the rainy seasons. The people who belong to this society still attempt to drain the swamp, as seen from the channels.The hill to the south of the swamp belongs to a mining company, Boodle Mining Co. Ltd., that practised open-cast mining of wolfram until the late 1970s when large-scale mining was halted. Small-scale and localized mining continues by a few members of the local community. The mining company constructed a road across the swamp, but it was swept away by heavy rains and now people cross the swamp with small canoes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Sharpe's Pied-babbler Turdoides sharpei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-chested Sunbird Nectarinia erythrocerca resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Oliveback Nesocharis ansorgei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Canary Serinus koliensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   53%
Shrubland   36%
Forest   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Other biodiversity Mammals of global conservation concern include Tragelaphus spekii (LR/nt) and Aonyx congica (DD).

References Collar and Stuart (1985), Omoding et al. (1996), Rossouw and Sacchi (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nyamuriro swamp. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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