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Heyshope Dam: Combined (27013029)


Authority Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
Management status STATE IMPOUNDMENT
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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A large, state-owned storage dam in the Assegaai River catchment, surrounded by agricultural land (beef and maize production). Shoreline gently sloping; either heavily grazed or with rank grass and weeds. A proposed Ramsar site which holds extremely large numbers of at least 52 waterbird species, concentrated in the 17 bays where rivers enter the dam. Small areas which are regularly counted hold up to 45 000 waterbirds; the entire system may hold 100 000. In drought years the dam provides a refuge for birds from surrounding pans, including Lake Chrissie. Nationally significant numbers of Yellowbilled Duck and Cape Shoveller were recorded, plus high counts of Dabchick, cormorants, ducks, geese, and shorebirds (including some Palaearctic species). Eutrophication, resulting from inflow of agricultural fertilisers, is a potential problem. Other problems could be posed by opencast coal mining and afforostation in the catchment areas. This important site should be monitored on a regular basis. Efforts should be made to enhance the conservation status of this site.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta11.502   
256Calidris pugnax39.6722  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata694.60257   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus1336.0083   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus912.7519   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum3053.7579   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa312.6031   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa14.007   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos213.0024   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa22.002   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A23.004
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata630.2580   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata285856.601652 8501000
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.603
58Egret, GreatArdea alba35.258   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta25.4014   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis21148.60337   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus66.006   
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus22.002   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser910.0011
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca5071138.002539 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis10711.802085 1875710
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis245.50138   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia22.002   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus239.3368   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala411.6023   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath1315.8018   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea37.6014   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.334   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus57.7512   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus77.007   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash1043.8072   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus14.608   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.332
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus14.809
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis25.008
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus617.7546   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus119187.00246   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus22.503   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis66.006   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius16.6018   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris515.4039   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma22.002   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos111.0025  
259Sandpiper, GreenTringa ochropus22.002
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola37.5012   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii143.60114   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis17.3317   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba312.4025   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus11.001   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta38.0013   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis22.002  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis66.006   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha151.40142   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida2020.0020   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A126.3366
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp44.004
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis50106.80229
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Tuesday 07 February 2023 10:32
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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