This mountain block is the only Eastern Arc block found in Kenya. It ranges up to 2,209 m altitude. We take the greater Taita Hills to include, Taita Hill, Mt Kasigau and Mt Sagala.
The forests of the Taita Hills are tiny and heavily fragmented. Twelve forest fragments remain together with some plantation forests that contain some elements of natural vegetation. The total forest coverage is around 300 ha, which is a 90% reduction since 1950.
Threats to the Taita Hills are numerous, but are primarily focused around the small patches of remaining forest, surrounded by agricultural people who need farm land , firewood and building materials. The highly fragmented state of the forests also means that species are threatened purely through being found only in small and isolated pockets of forest where single events could wipe the species out.
- Tree biomass and soil carbon stocks in indigenous forests in comparison to plantations of exotic species in the Taita Hills of Kenya (2013)
- Modelling agricultural expansion in Kenya’s Eastern Arc Mountains biodiversity hotspot (2010)
- Potential impacts of agricultural expansion and climate change on soil erosion in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya (2010)
- Amphibian species of Taita Hills (2010)
- The benefits and constraints of participation in forest management. The case of Taita Hills, Kenya (2009)
- Taita Hills restoration and increase connectivity report for CEPF (2006)
- Pest management for vegetable production (2006)
- Stakeholders workshop on the conservation and management of the Taita Hills forests (2005)
- Taita Hills Biodiversity Project Report (2001)