Cape Three Points Forest Reserve

Country/territory: Ghana

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 5,035 ha

Ghana Wildlife Society

Site description (baseline)
Cape Three Points reserve is located near Princes Town in the Western Region of Ghana. The scenic beauty of the area and proximity of forest to the sea (c.3 km from the coast) make it nationally unique. The site has a series of small hills with altitudes varying between 91–152 m and is drained by only one river, the Nyan. The eastern part of the reserve adjoins rubber plantations and there are farms in the surrounding unreserved forest, while seven occur in the reserve itself. Although there has been some illegal felling of trees for fish smoking, a large proportion of the reserve (some 3,200 ha of the northern part) remains intact. The reserve has been extensively studied botanically, with plant collections dating from as far back as 1780. Mean annual rainfall in the area is c.1,400 mm.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Although relatively small, Cape Three Points reserve supports an interesting avifauna and is one of the relatively few sites from where Ceratogymna elata was recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals reported include Cercocebus atys lunulatus (CR), Cercopithecus diana roloway (CR) and Tragelaphus eurycerus (LR/nt).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cape Three Points Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.