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Voelvlei (Bredasdorp) (34401952)

Western Cape

Authority Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area
Management status PRIVATE LAND
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information
Ramsar information No
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Voelvlei is located approximately 21 km south west of Bredasdorp. Take the right R43 turn off from the R319 once exiting Bredasdorp south. In 19km tar road will en in a "T", head east toward the dirt road for 1 km and then take the south turn off (right). Travel 1km south and the mot northern tip of the vlei can be seen from the road. Access by land owners permission only. Although the Voelvlei system usually drains into the Nuwejaars River, during periods of flooding the opposite occurs and the river's waters fill Voelvlei. Then, as the flowing subsides, the flow reverts to its normal direction. The Nuwejaars River empties into Zoetendalsvlei and when this system is full it overflows into the Heuningnes River, which in turn feeds the Heuningnes Estuary. The entire catchment area is relatively small at 1 401 km2. The estuary drains the flat, low coastal plain on the Zoetendals Valley (Birdlife SA_IBA_2016)

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta13118.00168 125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata216.0030   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus213.3332   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo211.1730   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.6336   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa33.003   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A200200.00200
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata270.33227   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis113.6731   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer13.007
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber30218.60400   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor534.3358   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus5421.401822 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis2109.75636   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis512.0019   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia19.6725   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus14.7110   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala22.002   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.785   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus14.8012   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.001   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash27.0015   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.001
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus120.20104   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus252.0090   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1545.2088   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.009   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius265.55218   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris123.57108   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus11.001   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax816.6734  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea212.7542  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis23.004   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana2269.671355420210500
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii140.50140   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis917.0025   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba19.2026   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1162.57145  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2681285.173986   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis625.3364   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha344.29102   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.502   
0Unknown, UnknownN/A N/A100100.00100
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2001100.002000
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis117.0079
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Friday 25 September 2020 10:03
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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