|Central coordinates||32o 17.00' East 0o 18.00' South|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Lutoboka point is found on the eastern side of Lugala island, the largest (at c.200 km²) of the 84 islands in the Ssese island archipelago. Lutoboka point juts into Lutoboka Channel in Lake Victoria at the edge of Lutoboka Forest Reserve, a medium-altitude moist evergreen forest dominated by species of Piptadeniastrum and Uapaca. The most important area for breeding birds is the narrow strip of tall trees at the edge of the forest which is mainly within the Forest Reserve, but with small excursions into Kalangala town, the biggest urban centre on the islands. The edge of the Forest Reserve is covered by grassland, extending up towards the town.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo||breeding||-||5,500 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Sharpe's Pied-babbler Turdoides sharpei||resident||1998||-||-||Least Concern|
|Red-chested Sunbird Nectarinia erythrocerca||resident||1998||-||-||Least Concern|
|Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops||resident||1998||-||-||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Lutoboka||Forest Reserve||380||protected area contains site||200|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Firewood collection; charcoal production; collection of eggs of gulls Larus cirrocephalus.|
Other biodiversity Lugala island has probably been isolated from the mainland for at least 12,000 years, during which time a rodent species, Pelomys isseli, has evolved on Ssese and Kome islands. Another mammal, Tragelaphus spekei (LR/nt), is said to have an endemic race on the islands. Other endemic species include three butterflies: Acraea simulata, Thermoniphas togara bugalla and Acraea epaea. The Ssese islands contain over 12% of Uganda’s known tree and shrub species. Lasianthus sesseensis, a tree endemic to Uganda, is known from Ssese islands, and the Forest Biodiversity Inventory Team recorded eight species that were not recorded in any other forest of the 65 surveyed in the country.
References D’Abrera (1980), Davenport et al. (1996c), Delany (1969), Ingram et al. (1970), Osborn (in press).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lutoboka point (Ssese islands). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014
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