Site description (2007 baseline)
The Grand Etang Forest Reserve is located in the northern mountains in the center of Grenada and covers 573 ha of forest. Mt. St. Catherines extends from the north-west to the south-east and encompasses mountain ranges with elevations between 400 and 840 m. Like the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, cloud forest, montane and lower montane forests are represented. This IBA is located north of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, and contains the northern portion of the central mountain range. Like Grand Etang, this site is characteristic of steep jagged slopes and rough topography. This site has been surveyed and proposed as a Forest Reserve (2002).
No avian research is known for this site. However, due to its proximity and similarity in altitude, vegetation and steep topography to Grand Etang, we are assuming that this site contains the same five restricted range species that are found in Grand Etang. No data is available population sizes of these A2 species in this IBA. Though this high altitude forest has only recently been proposed for protection (2002), its inaccessibility and limited use suggest it, along with Grand Etang, is the major representation of Grenada’s high altitude forests.
Non-bird biodiversity: No herptophaunal or reptilian research is known for this site. However, similar species to those found in Grand Etang may likely be present. These include Eleutherodactylus euphronides is endemic and Red-listed by IUCN. Anolis aeneus> and A. richardii documented at this site and Grenada Bank endemics. E. euphronides is restricted to a range of 16 km2 of montane forest at elevations >300m, including within the Forest Reserve, and is among the most vulnerable frog in the West Indies.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Saint Catherine. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/mount-saint-catherine-iba-grenada on 05/12/2023.