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Kinangop grasslands This is an IBA in Danger! 


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1999 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus NT passage - present A1
Hunter's Cisticola Cisticola hunteri LC resident 1999 present A2
Aberdare Cisticola Cisticola aberdare VU resident 1999 present A2
Jackson's Widowbird Euplectes jacksoni NT resident 1999 present A1, A2
Sharpe's Longclaw Macronyx sharpei EN resident 1999 present A1, A2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1999).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2022 very unfavourable very high low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes habitat good

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Grassland 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) No management planning has taken place Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Magumo South Forest Reserve 364 protected area overlaps with site 0
Magumo North Forest Reserve 240 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kikuyu Escarpment Forest Reserve 37,619 protected area overlaps with site 0
Aberdare Forest Reserve 103,316 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Local Conservation Groups

The Local Conservation Groups listed below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Friends of Kinangop Plateau 1999
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local Conservation Groups, please click here.

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
Grassland Grassland - montane -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kinangop grasslands. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/kinangop-grasslands-iba-kenya on 26/02/2024.