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Berg River 1: Mouth & Estuary (32471809)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information SA104 - LOWER BERG RIVER WETLANDS
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Date_registered
1994-01-16
Brief_description
An IBA. The lower reaches and mouth of the Berg River, incorporating the open estuary, mudflats and lagoon, various saltpans, permanent marshes and riparian reedbeds, floodplains at Kruispad, Langrietvlei and Kersfontein, the Kliphoek River, and Doornfontein pan. A very important wetland system, with large concentrations of many waterbird species in summer and winter, with globally significant numbers of seven species, nationally significant numbers of six more, and large counts of White Pelican, cormorants, ibises, waterfowl, Blacksmith Plover, Avocet and terns. Saltpans are being enlarged at the expense of mud flats and reedbeds (Kliphoek). Other important threats include boating, water- skiing, dam construction (Kliphoek River), and gill net fishing; there is some pollution and hunting.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta116.00150 125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata170.08300   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus13.005   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis62927.0637552550027503000
51Cormorant, CrownedPhalacrocorax coronatus110.78735326 
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus17.1141   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo283.59429  130
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata14.5014   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa15.7623   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos17.5623
10005Duck, HybridAnas hybrid16.7117
10015Duck, Hybrid MallardAnas hybrid26.2515
1016Duck, MallardAnas platyrhynchos15.4813
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata16.6847   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis22.674   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba1818.0018   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta515.6934   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.001   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber295.11435   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor159.04400   
44Gannet, CapeMorus capensis11.001
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica27.0015   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser112.1726
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus14.3416   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis13.297   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis12.504   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis13.5310   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia117.6982   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus167.40443   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sLarus hartlaubii15193.98656250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus27158.88604300150 
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.172   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea418.0838   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.202   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus1147.90213   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus227.21127   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash13.508   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata22.002
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis16.8920
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus18.1834   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax11.292  
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus33.003   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, African BlackHaematopus moquini17.5346 24
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus117.36113   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus11.332   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula14.1311   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola112.4450   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius15.8526   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.2513   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus15.1016   
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba66.006   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos14.7320  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea127.06103  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis117.11124   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana23.5812   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii24.109   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.0522   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus115.7855  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta117.2554   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis13.928   
292Tern, AntarcticSterna vittata3030.0030   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea12.504  
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia14.4315   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1169.501500   
296Tern, SandwichSterna sandvicensis129.30143   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii183.371070500250200
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A353.33240
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres33.003   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A662.14140
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis26.9320
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus12.449   
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Wednesday 26 February 2020 08:37
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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