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Berg River 13: Springersbaai Floodplain (32481813)

Western Cape

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Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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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
256Calidris pugnax11.001  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta16.2920   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata129.38154   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus17.0022   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis18.0027   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus18.1324   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus13.4811   
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea22.575   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.4818   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa1111.0011   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata15.3516   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.733
58Egret, GreatArdea alba22.002   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.814   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus337.43150   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor155.89250   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser112.0023
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca210.1143   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis18.1575   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis34.336   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.507   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus33.003   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii13.5212   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus114.03371300150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus12.504
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax1010.0010   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.502   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.714   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus14.2416   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus33.003   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash24.6710   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis13.1211
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus14.6121   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.202
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus13.7813   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.172   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.646   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.506   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus23.336   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea12.756  
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana18.5444   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii23.406   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis22.002   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.5023   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus28.9241   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta13.676   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis22.002  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis24.8313   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha22.002   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.3318   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo13.5711   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii12.504   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis11.001   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A122.2952
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.957
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus12.003   
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Wednesday 06 December 2023 08:41
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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