Biodiversity of flora and fauna associated with Sawmills of Abeokuta, South-Western Nigeria

Abstract :

The biodiversity of flora and fauna was evaluated in five major sawmills of Abeokuta metropolis (7003’N03019’E) namely: Lafenwa, Sapon, Isale-Ake, Eleweran and Kotopo sawmills. Fauna species present around the sawmills were assessed while structured interview schedule was also organised for 193 respondents comprising workers and owners of the sawmills to assess their knowledge of and animal species commonly encountered at the sites. Flora survey was conducted using line transect method as well as direct observation. Most of the respondents (95%-100%) were within age 26 and above. Forty-three different plant species were observed. Five of these plant species (Synedrella nodiflora, Sida acuta, Euphorbia hirta, Commelina benghalensis and Amaranthus spinosus) occurred in all the study sawmills. Pilot fauna survey of the sawmills revealed a total of twenty-three animal species including insects and other invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Twenty-six animal species were identified by the respondents from the study sawmills. Lizard and earthworms were cited more by the users of each of the study sawmills. Over 50% of the total animal species identified within the study sawmills are preys to lizards and other secondary consumers. Hence, the sawmill environments could be regarded as a complete and interacting biotic community

Keyword :

Biodiversity, flora, fauna, sawmill, ecosystem, environment, wood

Author(s) : Bamidele, J. A., Idowu, A. B., Ademolu, K. O., Aladesida, A. A.
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Published Issue : 2017 Vol. 12 Number 1

2017 Vol. 12 Number 1