IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1999)
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Area: 32,000 ha
IBA conservation status
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Lying three degrees south of the equator and north of the Sabaki River in Kilifi County, Magarini Sub County, is an extensive tract of relatively intact coastal woodland, the Dakatcha Woodland (KE 008) Important Bird Area (IBA) and Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). The landscape consists of undulating hills, with a series of dry forests, dense thickets and open woodlands dominated by spreading Brachystegia spiciformis trees locally known as Mrihi, and mingled with active and abandoned farmlands. It is home to globally threatened flora and fauna such as the Clarke’s Weaver, Golden-rumped Sengi, Sokoke Pipit, and Sokoke Scops Owl among others and performs invaluable ecosystem services for the surrounding community. The woodland plays a key part in storing rainwater, preventing soil erosion, sequestering carbon and even regulating the local climate.
We aknowledge the conservation community for the unanimous effort in ensuring that the forest remains intact despite being unprotected.