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Durban Bayhead NHS (29533101)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status STATE LAND
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information
Ramsar information
Heritage information 209 - BAY HEAD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE
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Date_registered
1993-01-10
Brief_description
Open estuary, with mud and a tiny remnant of what was once the largest mangrove swamp in the province; completely surrounded by industrial development. Moderate numbers of Palearctic shorebirds in summer, especially Ringed and Grey Plovers, and Terek and Curlew Sandpipers. Counts of Grey Plover and Terek Sandpiper increasing, of Turnstone and Curlew Sandpiper decreasing. 44 Common Sandpipers in winter 1995, and 50 Whimbrel in summer 1997, were exceptional. High biomass in winters of 1996 and 1997 due to presence of Kelp Gull and White Pelican. Mangrove Kingfisher occurs in winter. Critical threats are further development, and pollution by industrial waste (including oil) and solid waste; disturbance is a mild threat.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba13.206   
256Calidris pugnax12.679  
72Scopus umbretta11.202   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis12.4311   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus11.713   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus14.0915   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa55.005   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.383
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta14.8520   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis28.5015   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.001   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca14.0314   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.502   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia131.49100   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus148.20190   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus17.1824   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.333   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.886   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea14.0815   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides44.004   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus18.9046   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash12.918   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.252
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.377
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus11.001   
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus22.002   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus118.6990   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus3434.0034   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.192
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus13.005   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens13.0312   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1664.00160   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii11.504   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola125.0487   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius19.5335   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.195   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus15.1420   
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus1212.0012
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos112.0044  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1105.09288  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.738   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus114.1445 
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.1110   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus11.502   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta29.2930   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus13.9011   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha88.008   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea99.009  
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia12.9611   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo14.4418   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii15.1539   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis11.783   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons11.001   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis11.423   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus44.004   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres16.3626   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.505
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis11.679
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus115.0982   
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Wednesday 01 February 2023 10:59
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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