Soche Mountain Forest Reserve

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum LC resident 1999 present A3
East Coast Batis Batis soror LC resident 1999 present A3
White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata LC resident 1999 present A3
White-winged Apalis Apalis chariessa NT resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Olive-headed Bulbul Arizelocichla striifacies LC resident 1999 present A3
Spotted Ground-thrush Geokichla guttata EN resident 1999 present A1
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1999 present A3
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1999 present A3
Thyolo Alethe Chamaetylas choloensis VU resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Bertram's Weaver Ploceus bertrandi LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-faced Crimsonwing Cryptospiza reichenovii LC resident 1999 present A3
Yellow-bellied Waxbill Coccopygia quartinia LC resident 1999 present A3
East African Citril Crithagra hyposticta LC resident 1999 present A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management planning has taken place Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Soche Forest Reserve 363 protected area overlaps with site 363

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Soche Mountain Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/10/2021.