PATCH FOREST PROJECT SIGIRIYA
The Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trusts (WWCT) Patch Forest Project within these 2 Back of Beyond properties in Sigiriya –Pidurangala & Dehigaha Ela- was initiated in mid 2017. The idea behind this initiative is to document the wildlife that uses such patches. Eventually WWCT would like to establish a chain of such patch forests that will increase connectivity and forest cover of Sri Lanka’s wilderness areas. Small patch forests are playing a key role for wildcats, especially the wide ranging leopard, as dispersal routes and refuges between larger protected forestscapes.
The key research goal of WWCT is to document the presence, distribution, and land use of Sri Lanka’s endangered apex predator - the leopard. In addition to this the islands 3 other cats - the fishing cat, the jungle cat and the rusty-spotted cat are also being assessed. Our work is establishing that small patch forests are playing a key role for these wildcats, especially the wide-ranging leopard, as dispersal routes and refuges between larger protected forest landscapes.
All 3 of Sri Lanka's small wild cats as well as the leopard have been documented here on these lands confirming the value of such patch forests for the continued existence of these cats and the important role they play in providing movement corridors.
WWCT along with interested landowners such as Back of Beyond hopes to elevate the status of such patch forests and obtain better levels of protection which will eventually form a chain of patch forests acting as stepping stones of connectivity and increased overall forest cover of Sri Lanka’s wilderness areas.
In partnership with ... female leopard moving
through the dehi gaha