Book of the Week: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Biodiversity Report

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Biodiversity Report

BINPBDedited by Tim Davenport, Peter Howard and Roger Matthews. Published by Republic of Uganda Forest Department, July 1996, Biodiversity Report No. 19.

Shelfmark: AF/UG/034(box)

(Africa–Uganda–34th book–stored in boxed at end of Africa section)

The Leventis Library collection contains more than just books! This week we’re highlighting one of the reports in our collection. The library has a large amount of ‘grey literature’ like this, i.e. documents produced by all levels of government, academics, business and industry, but not controlled by commercial publishers. Grey literature is renowned for being difficult to find. Older documents are usually not available online, while even fairly recent documents suffer the problems of broken links and website rearrangements.

This report presents the results of fieldwork carried out in the Bwindi Impentrable National Park in southwestern Uganda in 1994. Obviously, this type of document is very specific so you’ll be very lucky if this particular document is of relevance to your current work. However, there are hundreds of reports on a myriad of topics in the Leventis Library. If you’ve got a reference for a report you are looking for check our online library search ( for it. If not, you can still search the library search by topic or come and browse the shelves. The reports are all shelved with books on the same topic, with anything not very good at standing up on the shelf stored in a box at the end of the run for the main code (e.g. AF for this report).


This report is one of a series of 33 Biodiversity Reports which present the results of the first systematic work to document the biological diversity represented in Uganda’s major reserved forests. The reports describe fieldwork carried out by the Forest Department between 1991 and 1995, aimed at listing the trees and shrubs; birds; butterflies; moths; and small mammals of the country’s 65 most important conservation forests. The purpose of this work is to provide necessary data on the biological value of different forests and establish clear priorities for the designation of new forest Nature Reserves and other conservation areas.

Each report in the series provides a summary of the data collected at one major forest or a group of similar adjacent ones. The primary purpose of presenting the data in this way is to provide a permanent record of the findings as a basis for later comparative work between sites, and as a baseline for long-term ecological monitoring within Uganda’s forests. Subsequent publications will present the results of more detailed comparative analyses presently being undertaken.

The Biodiversity Report Series demonstrates Uganda’s commitment to biodiversity conservation and makes a major contribution towards addressing the country’s obligations under the International Convention on Biological Diversity, signed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and ratified by the Uganda Government in September 1993.

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