Tano-Offin Forest Reserve

Country/territory: Ghana

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 40,200 ha

Ghana Wildlife Society

Site description (2001 baseline)
The Tano-Offin Forest Reserve falls within the Atwima District of the Ashanti Region and is situated between the Kumasi–Wiowso–Tepa and Kumasi–Bibiani roads; the Kumasi–Wiowso–Tepa road forms the northern boundary of the reserve. The site comprises much of the Nyinahin hills, which run north-east–south-west, with Aya Bepo (740 m) the highest point, and which serve as the catchment area for several streams, tributaries of the Tano and Offin rivers. The reserve falls within the moist semi-deciduous forest zone and includes 34,100 ha of upland evergreen forest. The reserve was partitioned into 16 timber concessions in the 1970s and 1980s, and the last official logging was recorded in 1991. Some 2% of the reserve has been converted, under the taungya system, into Mansonia, Pterygota and Terminalia superba plantation. Many of the slopes show signs of periodic burning.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Tano-Offin supports several nationally rare species such as Columba unicincta, Cercococcyx olivinus and Tockus camurus. A total of 110 bird species were recorded in a two-week survey.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tano-Offin Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.