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Berg River 12: Melkplaas Floodplain (32511814)

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
1998-07-26
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 alba39.0015   
256Calidris pugnax12.005  
10015Anas hybrid12.674
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta111.5248   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata120.07105   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus22.002   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis114.3256   
51Cormorant, CrownedMicrocarbo coronatus11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus114.0665   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus16.6436   
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea22.753   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.672   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa117.7476   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa88.008   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A126.50100
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata255.18400   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.004
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta110.9481   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis13.679   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus122.1783   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor189.33348   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser1220.7535
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca131.94330   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis124.69224   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.557   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia16.9332   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii14.2318   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus19.2493   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.945
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.332
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax111.1440   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.703   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.333   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.9715   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.337   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus114.86107   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus13.8610   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.098   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.332
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis18.2321
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus2727.0027   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus28.5140   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.473   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.112
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus14.4524   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus22.002   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.0014   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius110.8787   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.003   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus1313.0013   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.009  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea112.1340  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis13.005   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.502   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana111.1364   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii110.5044   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis25.6712   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba17.8638   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus17.5039   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta113.6030   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis12.458  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota22.002   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis228.79150   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha36.7515   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia14.1718   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo14.2814   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii11.001   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons12.504   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A126.17178
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis15.2615
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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Monday 06 February 2023 04:26
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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