The Violet Turaco, Musophaga violacea; with open wings the scarlet of the flight-feathers is striking. Not wholly dependent on climax forest but certainly typical of it – the reason the bird was chosen locally for the logo of Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve

The Kuloro Bird Club (KBC)

The Kuloro Bird Club was founded on 16 August 2007 primarily to begin the process of protecting the only remaining patch of primary forest in the area. The 30 members of KBC are all bird guides, skilled bird-watchers – and more importantly bird-finders – who work as bird-guides to visiting bird watchers. A high proportion of The Gambia’s bird guides, and many of its best, are from Kuloro village and the KBC.

The objectives of the Farasuto Community Nature Reserve are fully explained elsewhere in the web site. However in the words of the KBC the project is to enlighten the communities and schools locally and in the whole country in conservation issues through the story of Farasuto as a nature reserve.

A photograph of some members and ex members of the KBC taken at a meeting with John on the edge of the forest on 19 April 2009. The following refers to their KBC committee positions from August 2009.


Back row: Mamadou W Jallow (Public Relations Officer), Amadou C Barry, Alieu Barry (Cashier), Musa Manneh, Mustapha Barry, Dawda J Barry (Chairman), Sainey Barry, Mustapha Kassama (President) and Amadou Barry.

Front row: Sulaman Bayo, Saidou Barry (Auditor), Omar Barry, Ebrima W Barry (Secretary) and Mamadi Darboe.


The Kuloro Bird Club officers




Mustapha Kassama

Dawda J Barry

Mamadou W Jallow
Public Relations Officer




Ebrima W Barry, Secretary

Alieu Barry, Cashier

Saidou Barry, Auditor