The Dadieso Forest Reserve is located beside the Enchi–Dadieso road in the south-west of the country. The western boundary of the reserve coincides with the international border with Côte d’Ivoire. The site is linked to two other Forest Reserves, Boin River (GH005) and Yoyo (GH024) through a small corridor forest, Disue Forest Reserve. The terrain comprises a series of hills with swampy valleys and the forest is transitional between moist evergreen and wet evergreen. Apart from some random roadside felling of trees along the road, the reserve is primary forest in good condition.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species.
Non-bird biodiversity: Rapid surveys revealed a rich faunal diversity, including 37 species of large mammal, seven species of bat and 15 species of reptile. Species of conservation concern reported to occur in the area include Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt), Procolobus verus (LR/nt), Cercopithecus diana (VU), Pan troglodytes (EN) and Loxodonta africana cyclotis (EN).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Unlike most others in the country, this pristine forest was designated a Forest Reserve only relatively recently (1977). The reserve is the only forest in Ghana scored as Condition 1, (GHI 116) and was recently designated a Globally Significant Biodiversity Site by the Forestry Department. The site certainly merits complete protection, being one of the few significant undisturbed blocks of forest remaining in the country. A more detailed study is required to establish the faunal importance of the site.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dadieso Forest Reserve. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 15/04/2021.