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Kensalt Saltworks (02594009)


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A long-established active salt works created in cleared mangrove forest and the adjacent scrubland inland from it. The largest pans on the seaward side change in water level somewhat but always remain with reasonable levels - they are not normally allowed to dry out. The later pans can be flooded or dry depending on where they're at in the salt cycle. Large numbers of waders use the pans for roosting over the high tide - flying in from the creeks and mudflats among the mangroves and along the shoreline over the high tide. The section of tidal creek that is visible from the main inlet pump for the saltworks is also included in the counts.
Man-made pools varying in depth from c.1 m to dry. Also some natural mangrove-fringed tidal creeks.
Man pans are entirely man-made and tightly managed with regard to waterlevels to maximise salt production. Wide tidal creeks with some narrow tributaries that leave exposed mud banks at low tide and are flooded over the high tide.
Very high salinity levels in some of the ponds which still attract large numbers of waders. The less saline pans are deeper and hold some fish which attracts cormorants and other fish-eating birds. Seaward side of the site is totally bordered with de

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta46.3310   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus353.80184   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus2862.6799   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata1050.40117   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata150150.00150   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.332
2188Egret, DimorphicEgretta dimorpha425.2551
58Egret, GreatArdea alba56.6011   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta118.7569   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus65792.0013941250625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor8181.0081   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica22.002   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia819.6731   
933Gull, Black-headedChroicocephalus ridibundus19.0017
2058Gull, SootyIchthyaetus hemprichii11.001
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.1410   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus318.1439   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis27.8615
1031Lapwing, Spur-wingedVanellus spinosus66.006
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.573
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini22.002   
894Oystercatcher, EurasianHaematopus ostralegus11.001
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus325.2046   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens1228.0082   
272Phalarope, Red-neckedPhalaropus lobatus23.505
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula2967.86149   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii130.17118   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola428.17102   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius33.003   
234Plover, Lesser SandCharadrius mongolus113.2030   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus14.259   
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos310.0026  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea80318.001005  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis136.14146   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus14.2511 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba231.5072   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus225.0076   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta3401.14735   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus11.754   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis316.4040   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha22.002   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia617.1438  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo22.002   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii10161016.001016500250200
902Tern, Gull-billedGelochelidon nilotica4121.43432380
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis44.505   
2070Tern, Saunders'sSternula saundersi142.00134
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A250250.00250
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus1139.0067   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1502016.254665
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus179.43257   
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Thursday 25 July 2024 08:56
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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