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Saving Bird Species in the Dakatcha Woodland

Sokoke Scops Owl

Sokoke Scops Owl

Dakatcha Woodland is an important area for fauna and flora lying c.20km due north of Arabuko-Sokoke across the Sabaki River. Many conservation organizations have taken part in educating the communities about the importance of forests and how to conserve their heritage in their areas.

A private Italian business came through the Council of Malindi and persuaded the members of the Malindi Council and other stakeholders to propose the area to be taken by the business to plant Jatropha for biofuel. Formally, they proposed the area from Baricho to Adu to be a Jatropha plantation  – an area of 50,000ha, but the business was allowed to start with only 10,000 hectares for just a trial and thereafter see what they would do.

Dakatcha Woodland is on the north-western side of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest approximately 20 km directly and 80 km in a car as one must go around the river at Sabaki Bridge. The woodland has many patches of Cynometra, Brachystegia and other bushes. This is important because we get Clarke’s Weaver in the Brachystegia trees and Sokoke Scops Owls in the Cynometra trees and other vegetation.

Dakatcha Woodland is also a Government Crown Land. The area has many households and elder’s sub-divisions in it, but it has not been officially demarcated by the Ministry of Lands and Settlement. The Department of Lands have demarcated the area in the eastern part of Marafa, a few kilometres from Marafa town.

Therefore, before the land department reaches the habitats concerned, I would be very interested to go there and track the area so that the fauna and flora could at least have a place to stay and also that the area would be recognized as a forest reserve.

I am therefore inviting any interested individual or conservation organization who is willing to donate to support me to go to the Dakatcha Woodlands in order to carry out surveys as to what birds and trees can be found there.

Finland Geography students visit Arabuko-Sokoke and its environs.

Finland Geography students visit Arabuko-Sokoke and its environs.

Arabuko-Sokoke recently received students from the University of Helsinki in Finland who were on a tour to learn on the conservation efforts in Arabuko-Sokoke and what can be replicated in Dakacha woodland.

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The students in the Forest.

The students are carrying out a study in Taita on impact of community participation on natural resource management. Arabuko-Sokoke area has been taken as a baseline study to evaluate the impacts and outcome of community participation.


Illegal charcoal burning in Dakacha woodlands.

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illegal hunting of game meat in Dakatcha – Marafa.

David Ngala accompanied Albert Baya of A Rocha Kenya to survey the Clarke weaver nests in Marafa. Marafa is located north of Arabuko- Sokoke forest in the Brachystegia woodland. This is where the weavers prefer to nest and feed. Dakatcha woodland is the main breeding site for the weaver. It is approximately 29 Kilometres from Sokoke forest.

The main problem in Dakatcha woodland is charcoal burning and hunting of game meat. David was able to find some young duikers that were hunted and sold illegally.

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Duiker meat, hanged to be sold illegally.

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