MW017
Soche Mountain Forest Reserve


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum LC resident 1999 present A3
East Coast Batis Batis soror LC resident 1999 present A3
White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata LC resident 1999 present A3
White-winged Apalis Apalis chariessa NT resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Olive-headed Bulbul Arizelocichla striifacies LC resident 1999 present A3
Spotted Ground-thrush Geokichla guttata VU resident 1999 present A1
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1999 present A3
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1999 present A3
Thyolo Alethe Chamaetylas choloensis VU resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Bertram's Weaver Ploceus bertrandi LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-faced Crimsonwing Cryptospiza reichenovii LC resident 1999 present A3
Yellow-bellied Waxbill Coccopygia quartinia LC resident 1999 present A3
East African Citril Crithagra hyposticta LC resident 1999 present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management planning has taken place Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Soche Forest Reserve 363 protected area overlaps with site 363

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
water management -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Soche Mountain Forest Reserve. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/soche-mountain-forest-reserve-iba-malawi on 04/03/2024.