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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Hornbill Survey!

Silvery-cheeked hornbill - Photo by: Steve Garvie
There are three species of Hornbill found in the Coastal Forests surrounding Shimoni; the crowned, the trumpeter and the silvery cheeked hornbill. GVI volunteers have always recorded sightings of hornbills but until now we have never recorded and documented any detailed observations on them.

Hornbills are a key species within the forest, they are good seed dispersers which play a big part in forest regeneration, and are therefore of great value to a forest subject to deforestation such as the Shimoni coastal forest. For these reasons we have designed a survey that sets out to help us gain a better understanding of not only the numbers of hornbills in the forest but also their densities, distributions, behaviours and sexes.

Crowned hornbill - Photo by Stefan Helming
We hope that this new survey will help us to gather more detailed data on a key species of great conservation interest within our forests.