Lely mountain

Year of compilation: 2008

Site description
This IBA is a bauxite hill, with the same unique flora and fauna as Brownsberg. It is covered with tropical rainforest on terra firma. The biodiversity is very high, but little research has been done. Lely mountains offer good conservation opportunities because of a relatively low human impact, and low accessebility.

Key biodiversity
The total number of species is 224 of which 25 are biome restricted. Hence this is an IBA on A3 criterion. The Crimson Fruitcrow is occuring in this IBA.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lely gebergte has a high species richness of both flora and fauna, 136 ants species, 37 dung beetles, 8 fishes, 20 amphibians, 16 reptiles, 14 bat, 3 small mammal and 13 large mammal species have been recorded during the RAP survey in 2005.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Mining concession of Suralco but since the quality of the bauxite is not very high and it is situated far in the interior, there is little chance it will be mined. There is legal and illegal hunting. Probably legal and illegal goldmining.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Research has been done on flora by Bánki, O., and many other during the past decade. Faunal research has been done by Mol J.(fish), Ouboter P., Watling J.( amphibians and reptiles),O’Shea B. (birds),Solari S.( mammals).

Protected areas
Has no protected status.

Habitat and land use
Relatively low human impact.

Land ownership
Owned by the state. Mining concession by Suralco.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lely mountain. Downloaded from on 23/10/2021.