Ngel-Nyaki Forest Reserve This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Nigeria

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 4,500 ha

Nigerian Conservation Foundation
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 very high favourable high
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Site description
This small, mid-altitude Forest Reserve is located an hour’s walk from Yelwa in Taraba State between Serti and Gembu, about 60 km west of Gashaka-Gumti National Park (NG002). It is surrounded by montane grasslands with other forest blocks nearby. The forest is diverse in species composition and has many tall emergents (e.g. Aningeria altissima, locally exclusive to this forest). The canopy is unusually dense because of the profusion of lianas and other climbers. The wet season lasts from March to November and average annual rainfall exceeds 2,000 mm.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Eighty-six species have so far been recorded. In addition to those mentioned below, four species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome (A04) and 11 of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) occur—see Table 3. The nationally uncommon Apalis jacksoni occurs.

Non-bird biodiversity: Pan troglodytes (EN) and Syncerus caffer (LR/cd) have been recorded.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ngel-Nyaki Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 18/01/2022.