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Berg River 10: Kersefontein Floodplain (32531819)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED IRREGULARLY
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
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
256Calidris pugnax585.00224  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta295.10533250125190
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus17.0013   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata125.17160   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis99.009   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus25.5612   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus13.539   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.001
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea312.6720   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa15.4521   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa25.008   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata33.504   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata224.4491   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.603
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia14.5011   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta15.6026   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis153.50243   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1120.00357   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor2117.33320   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.001   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser2121.0021
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca6104.86278   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis151.96445   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis22.002   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus44.004   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis17.1415   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia110.1734   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii217.5053   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus13.308   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.923
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus22.002
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax66.006   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.252   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.673   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.456   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.144   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus126.2595   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus111.0039   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash24.0010   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.202
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.004
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus213.1967   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus13.9215   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini11.001   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus19.7333   
272Phalarope, Red-neckedPhalaropus lobatus11.001
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus218.5035   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1616.0016   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius143.89513 500 
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.0911   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma22.754   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea2114.33560  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis213.8349   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola1717.0017   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana128.40151   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii213.6235   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba112.0757   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus222.76194   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta3173.101373   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia1545.0075  1
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis12.677  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota44.004   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis237.50317   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha113.0071   
292Tern, AntarcticSterna vittata55.005   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea106106.00106  
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.4310   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo18.0015   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis2727.0027   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A12.334
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus3143.0055   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A121.0041
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis112.9557
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus3434.0034   
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Monday 30 January 2023 10:12
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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