Nsuensa Forest Reserve

Country/territory: Ghana

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 6,300 ha

Ghana Wildlife Society

Site description (baseline)
The reserve is situated close to Akokoaso village in the Birim North District, c.50 km from Akim Oda town. The name ‘Nsuensa’ in the Akan language means three rivers and the site encompasses the headwaters and catchment areas of the three streams, the Subin, the Aboabo and the Kadepon, which flow into the Birim river. The site includes the sacred groves of the people of Ajuafo and Akokoaso. The terrain is gently undulating and supports moist semi-deciduous forest. The areas around the streams become swampy in the rainy season. The reserve was logged between 1975 and 1991, but the sacred areas are not considered part of the productive reserve and here there has been little human influence.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The avifauna includes four species of hornbill, Ceratogyma cylindricus, C. atrata, Tockus fasciatus and T. albocristatus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Nsuensa Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.