BirdLife: The Magazine Jan-Mar 2018 - Page 10

IRREPLACEABLE Dakatcha Woodland Kenya Perched on rolling hills above the coastal town of Malindi stands the beautiful, spreading trees and thickets of the Dakatcha Woodland. The most northern forest of its kind in Africa, the woodland provides a vital refuge for the Clarke’s Weaver Ploceus golandi (Endangered), a species only found in coastal Kenya, and even then only at few other sites, such as Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. The Clarke’s Weaver is only one of many globally threatened species who rely on the site for shelter, including the Sokoke Pipit Anthus sokokensis, the strikingly majestic Sokoke Scops-owl Otus ireneae, and the utterly charming Golden-rumped Sengi (Elephant-shrew) Rhynchocyon chrysopygus. The site is listed as an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA), as well as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA), and 10 birdlife • Jan-Mar 2018