Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul forest, Belize:

July 1996 

The Las Cuevas Research Station is located in the heart of the Chiquibul broadleaf forest of Belize, Central America. The Chiquibul Forest is continuous with the Peten forest of Guatemala, and together they constitute the largest block of forest remaining in Central America, an area of high biodiversity known as the “Maya Forest”. 

Research based at Las Cuevas began in July 1994, and over the next two years several projects were started by the Natural History Museum of London, the Belize Forest Department, and other research institutions from England, Scotland, Costa Rica and the USA. Two projects ongoing in 1996 were investigating forest management techniques, based in long-term permanent sample plots in the vicinity of Las Cuevas. An inventory of the plants of the forest was being compiled by collection of several hundred species by botanists. Certain insect groups were also being collected for taxonomic investigations into the biodiversity of the area, with special effort made to record insect-plant associations, a task made possible by the large variety of expertise available at the Natural History Museum.

In addition to these studies, detailed observations on distribution and behaviour of endangered large animals, such as scarlet macaw, Baird’s tapir and jaguar, were compiled, contributing to the significant and growing conservation efforts within Belize.


Publications:

King, T. & Bol, N. 2004. The Ocellated Turkey Meleagris ocellata in Chiquibul Forest, Belize, 1994-1996Cotinga 22: 86-90.

King, R.A. 1998. Multiple-objective forest management and the conservation of biological diversity in Belize, Central America. Masters thesis, University of Edinburgh, UK.

King, R.A. 1998. A rapid appraisal of scarlet macaw conservation in a multiple-objective forest in Belize. In: King, R.A. 1998. Multiple-objective forest management and the conservation of biological diversity in Belize, Central America. Masters thesis, University of Edinburgh, UK. Pp. 17-70.


Unpublished reports from Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul forest:

Bol, N. & King, T. 1996. Scarlet Macaw Observations in the Chiquibul Forest, 1994-96. Unpublished Report, Las Cuevas Research Station, Belize.

King, T. & Bol, N. 1996. Weather data from Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Forest: May 1995 - July 1996. Unpublished Report, Las Cuevas Research Station, Belize.

King, T. 1996. Large Mammal Observations in the Chiquibul Forest, 1994-96Unpublished Report, Las Cuevas Research Station, Belize.

King, T. 1997. Germination of Lauraceae seedlings in the Chiquibul Forest, 1995-96: Implications for species determination within the "small-leaf laurels"Unpublished Report, Las Cuevas Research Station, Belize.

King, T. 1998. The impacts of a selective logging operation on germination, growth and insect herbivory of Spondias mombin seedlings in BelizeUnpublished Report, Las Cuevas Research Station, Belize.

 

Blogs:

 

A Rock, The Differential, And A Lucky Escape - A Belizean Jungle Experience by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Belize, 1995

Tackling A Tommygoff - A deadly Fer-de-lance viper takes on a Land Rover Defender in the jungle of Belize by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Belize, 1996

For A Change, A Howler by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Chiquibul forest, Belize, Wednesday 24th May 1995

Jungle Warriors by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Belize, 1996

Sunday Morning Pelicans by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Belize, Sunday 28th January 1996

Tickled By A Termite (the extended rambling version) by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Belize, Monday 22nd May 1995

Tickled By A Termite (the abridged version) by Tony King, Las Cuevas, Monday 22 May 1995 

David (Why go? Time is unavoidable, it needs filling) by Tony King, San Ignacio, Belize, 1995 or 1996.