Duckwari Forest, Knuckles area
A wildcat presence/absence and general
biodiversity survey was conducted on this private secondary forest land in
close proximity to the Knuckles range.
WWCT conducted this work as part of a student project (Fig.1) and in
keeping with our ongoing assessment of Patch Forest importance; this work was
done at the invitation of Finlays Private Limited one of Sri Lanka’s largest
tea and private landowners, during the period of 2011/12.
This area of Duckwari has five isolated peaks
of patch forests and we wanted to understand the role, if any, these peak
forests were playing in leopard, wildcat and biodiversity conservation in this
Central Highland area of Sri Lanka close to the Knuckles conservation reserve
which holds high levels of biodiversity and endemism.
Students conducting wildcat presence/absence and biodiversity surveys in Duckwari patch forest.