Ebi River Shelterbelt Forest Reserve

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
The Ebi River Shelterbelt Forest Reserve lies to the south of the Nwini river and west of Ankobra river and is c.19 km from the coast. The terrain is gently undulating and the reserve is crossed by the Ebi and Fiakpole rivers. The altitude varies from 15–60 m, although Bedoako hill, in the extreme south-east, rises to over 90 m. The soil is mainly loamy clay, but there is gravel in some areas. The vegetation is wet evergreen forest. A large part of the reserve (2,238 ha) is under timber concessions. There are records of logging from 1978–1989 and in several areas of its western part logging was severe.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site is one of the four at which Tigriornis leucolophus was recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt) is reported to occur.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Ownership of the forest lies with the paramount stool of the Eastern Nzema Traditional Area. The Ebi Shelterbelt was demarcated and designated as a Forest Reserve in 1939 to ‘act as shelterbelt and to check the spread of grass conditions’. The boundaries were sited to exclude farms at the time of reservation, but the Nkrofo to Adubrim footpath runs through the reserve.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ebi River Shelterbelt Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 08/02/2023.