Year of compilation: 2004
AVIFAUNA: Being a sort of corridor between Sukla Phanta and North Pilibhit forests, Lagga-Bagga, although it is only 11 sq km, is extremely important. It has three main grasslands or Chanders which harbour Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis. Between 1985 and 1991, three surveys were conducted to search the Bengal Florican (Rahmani et al. 1987,) but none could be located. However, in April 2002, Prakash Rao (pers. comm. 2002) saw an adult male, thus proving a long-held view that Lagga-Bagga is a potential habitat for this endangered species. More regular and detailed surveys are required to find out whether the florican permanently occupies this site.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Important large mammals include Swamp Deer Cervus duvauceli, Hog Deer Axis percinus, Spotted Deer or Cheetal Axis axis and Tiger Panthera tigris. Pellets similar to those of Hispid Hare Caprolagus hispidus were seen during 1991 (A. R. Rahmani, unpublished).
As Lagga-Bagga remains flooded for many months, permanent agriculture is not possible, but the threat of encroachment, backed by political support, is always present. The State Forest Department had planted exotic trees in all the grasslands, but fortunately many have died out (due to flooding). There is a proposal to declare North Pilibhit Reserve Forest as a protected area (A. J. T. Johnsingh, pers. comm. 2003). Lagga-Bagga, as a corridor, would play a crucial role in the movement of animals between North Pilibhit and Sukla Phanta of Nepal.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lagga - Bagga Reserve Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/06/2022.