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Berg River 6: Kliphoek Saltpans (32501812)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information SA104 - LOWER BERG RIVER WETLANDS
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Date_registered
1994-01-16
Brief_description
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
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba1106.75420   
256Calidris pugnax123.30224  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta137.02250250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata196.24955   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis235.2981   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus18.3336   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus17.9834   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata44.004   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa15.5256   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos44.004
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa125.36119  75
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A311.8020
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.001   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata112.0656   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.312
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.505   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.3923   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis14.7510   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1187.48733 625 
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor2190.181460  600
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.502   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser33.003
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca111.72148   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis14.7122   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis199.35850250125240
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus17.3626 25 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis126.76243   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia17.74156   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.402   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii113.5361   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus140.831485300150700
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.203
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.001
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.383   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.548   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.145   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus12.609   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus15.8015   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash23.176   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.252
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis15.3516
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus12.674   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus116.0280   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.206   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.332
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis22.002
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus110.8765   
272Phalarope, Red-neckedPhalaropus lobatus11.423
240Plover, CaspianCharadrius asiaticus1010.0010   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus147.37246 200130
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula119.39169   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.502   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius2102.38526 500 
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris15.8682   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus12.505   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma2238.5055   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos16.0045  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea194.641400  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.716   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola12.386   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana120.03156   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii115.7568   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis44.004   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.8624   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus150.63210   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta199.19522   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis248.80386   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha229.47156   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia18.4342  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo17.1123   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii15.3024   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons1010.0010   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis19.4027   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida16.8332   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus235.11118   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.754   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A3102.29610
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp55.005
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis318.6971
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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Monday 30 January 2023 10:22
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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