This IBA comprises Tay Con Linh I and Tay Con Linh II proposed nature reserves. The site is centred on Mount Tay Con Linh, the highest mountain in Ha Giang province. The topography of the site is steep and mountainous. Less than 45% of the total area of Tay Con Linh supports forest. The main forest types at the site are lowland evergreen forest, lower montane evergreen forest and upper montane evergreen forest. Only areas of forest above 1,200 m show little disturbance.
Non-bird biodiversity: According to the investment plans for Tay Con Linh I and Tay Con Linh II, Tay Con Linh supports two threatened gymnosperm species: Cupressus torulosa and Fokienia hodginsii (Anon. 1994a and Anon. 1994b).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Around 11,600 people belonging to the Dao, Tay, Hmong, Hoa and Co Lao ethnic groups live in Tay Con Linh. Already a significant area of forest has ben cleared for agriculture. Other major threats to biodiversity at the site include hunting and harvesting of other forest products.
Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
During April and May 2000, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR) carried out a biodiversity survey of the Tay Con Linh II sector of Tay Con Linh. This survey focused particularly on reptiles, amphibians and birds (Vogel et al., in prep.).
Habitat and land use
Less than 45% of Tay Con Linh supports forest. Most of the remaining area supports grassland and scrub, although there is also a significant area of agricultural land. Most forest at the site occurs above 1,200 m elevation, and the main forest types are lower montane evergreen forest and upper montane evergreen forest.Approximately 11,600 people belonging to the Dao, Tay, Hmong, Hoa and Co Lao ethnic groups live in Tay Con Linh. Already a significant area of forest has ben cleared for agriculture. There are approximately 1,000 ha of wet rice agriculture, 1,450 ha of hill agriculture and 750 ha of industrial crops within the boundaries of Tay Con Linh.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tay Con Linh. Downloaded from
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