The reserve is located in the Accra plains, c.45 minutes drive north-west of Accra, near the village of Doryum. It is dominated by granitic hills rising over 200 m and covered by dry evergreen forest. The vegetation of the plains is mostly short-grass savanna (dominated by Vetiveria fulvibarbis, Brachiaria falcifera and perennial grasses) with shrubs and trees. The hills support a mosaic of grassland, woodland thickets and low forest, while marshy and aquatic vegetation occur around small dams and depressions.
See Box and Table 3 for key species. The reserve is relatively rich in birdlife; 160 species have been recorded. Species of interest include Bucorvus abyssinicus, Eupodotis melanogaster and Poicephalus senegalus.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shai Hills Resource Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/04/2020.