The north and north west coast of Ambrym comprises considerable areas of forest together with gardens around the inhabited areas. The island rises to 5 volcanic mountain peaks all around or above 1,000m asl.
The site is selected primarily for its high density of Vanuatu Megapodes, both in terms of calling birds and the presence of the only known 3 figure nesting burrow colony at Buwoma Beach. Local information indicates that numbers of birds and/or numbers of eggs in this colony have been declining in recent years.
Non-bird biodiversity: Coconut crab Birgus latro
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ambrym West. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/01/2021.