GH004
Boin Tano Forest Reserve


Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Boin-Tano (or Boi-Tano) shares a common boundary with Tano-Nimire Forest Reserve (GH022) and is located in Enchi Forest District. The area is traditionally owned jointly by the Omanhene of Aowin Traditional Council and the Boinso, Omape and Jema stools. The entire reserve was under logging concession prior to its designation as a reserve; logging was last recorded in 1980. The vegetation is mainly wet evergreen forest. Access is difficult because of the many watercourses, with two main rivers, the Tano and the Bisao, running through the reserve and resulting in much swamp habitat. There are a few authorized farms in the reserve.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. A total of 107 species have been confirmed, including Agelastes meleagrides (a flock of 10 birds sighted in August 1989). Species most frequently recorded include Tauraco macrorhynchus, Tockus fasciatus, Andropadus latirostris, Phyllastrephus icterinus and Nectarinia olivacea.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals include Cephalophus sylvicultor (LR/nt), Colobus vellerosus (VU) and Pan troglodytes (EN), with the latter reported to occur in reasonable numbers, but under heavy hunting pressure.



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The reserve was designated a Forest Reserve in 1967. The forest is only lightly disturbed (Condition 2) with a high GHI (202). Very little faunal protection occurs in the reserve, and all species, including Agelastes meleagrides and Pan troglodytes, were being hunted in the early 1990s, with professional hunters coming from Samreboi town to the north. The site is one of the few reserves where the occurrence of these two species has been confirmed. A more detailed survey to establish their current status is needed and there is also a need for better enforcement of faunal protection. Chewing-sticks and other non-timber forest products are collected.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Boin Tano Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/06/2022.