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Loma de las Perdices reserve

Loma de las Perdices is a 14 hectares private reserve property of the Díaz –  Camacho families. It is located in Cajamarca, and it’s intended to nature conservation, specially birds and endemic vegetation.

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So far, there has been identified seven endemic bird species in the reserve, consequently, the reserve is part of the San Marcos IBA since 2008 (Important Bird Area – Birdlife International). These seven endemic species are:

Black-necked Woodpecker in Peru

Black-necked Woodpecker

 

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Chestnut-backed Thornbird

 

Spot-throated Hummingbird in Cajamarca

Spot-throated Hummingbird

 

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Buff-bridled Inca-finch

 

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Marañon Gnatcatcher

 

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White-rumped Black-tyrant

The name “Loma de las Perdices” refers to the Curve-billed Tinamou (Tinamous are known as Perdices in Peru), which is quite common in the area, however, difficult to see. Even if the species is not a Peruvian endemic, its distribution range is restricted to the Andes of Ecuador and northern Peru.

Other important species for nature conservation that can be found in the reserve are the Andean Cottontail (Sylvilangus andinus), and Andean Skunk (Conepatus chinga rex).

Besides birds and mammals, the reserve also preserves important Andean plant species: Tara spinosa, Rubus robustus, Vachellia macracantha, Senegalia ssp., Armatocereus mataranus, among others.

Loma de las Perdices is managed together by Asociación Green Tours and the Díaz and Camacho families. Right now, their main goal is to involve the neighbours and local authorities into nature conservation activities by adding some other 100 hectares to the reforestation project.

Carlos and Wilson Diaz

Carlos and Wilson Diaz, active promoters of the reserve

In 2015 the reserve was seriously affected by a wildfire. Consequently, the promoters started a reforestation project with native plant species, but at the same time, favoring the natural regeneration of the vegetation.

Plants for the reforestation program

Plants for the reforestation program

Between 2019 and 2020 they have recovered 5 hectares of the land with 4000 plants of Vachellia macracantha, Tecoma sambucifolia, Schinus molle, and Caesalpinea spinosa.

At Asociación Green Tours we are sure that this kind of nature conservation initiatives are key for the future of the Andes. Also, these projects could be funded by nature related tourism like birdwatching.