Bia forest ’99

Paul Lascelles

Taking place in forests of western Ghana, this joint British/Ghanaian project will study the effects of disturbance by man on habitat structure and species diversity by comparing the fully protected Bia National Park and the adjacent partially protected Bia Forest reserve. Bia forest is one of only two primary forests remaining in Ghana and is home to many threatened species including the African forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), the Diana monkey (Cercopithecus Diana roloway) and the Rufous fishing owl (Scoptopelia ussheri). The team’s close involvement with the Ghana Forestry Department will enable their comparative results to influence the development of a more sustainable management plan