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Dassen Island (33251805)

Western Cape

CWAC status Monthly
Authority CapeNature
Management status Provincial Nature Rserve (Reserve boundary extends 500m seaward of the highwater mark).
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA109
Ramsar information Site # 2383
Heritage information N/A
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Counts are tide dependant and normally start about 2 hours before low tide
Mixed - sandy/pebble beaches, rocky shores
Counts are tide dependant and normally start about 2 hours before low tide
The site is an important Bird Area providing habitat for significant numbers of sesbird and shorebird species, including 10 of the 15 seabirds endemic to Southern Africa, and numerous Palearctic and Sub-Antarctic migrants. It provides safe breeding refuge for threatend species such as the African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) and Cape Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capensis), and other coastal birds. It is one of only two breeding sites of the Great White Pelican in South Africa, Birds seen around the island include (but not limited to) Bank Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher, Plovers, Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, Crowned Cormorant, Great White Pelican, Kelp Gull, Swift Tern, Hartlaub's Gull and Cape Gannet.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
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Monday 06 February 2023 04:58
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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