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Rietvlei Wetland Reserve: Central Pans (33511829)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED IRREGULARLY
Authority City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch & Private
Management status TOWN COUNCIL PROPERTY
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA111 - RIETVLEI WETLAND RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1992-07-15
Brief_description
An IBA. Natural pan and excavated vleis; water levels very variable; much emergent sedge plus mud and sand. Also sewage ponds with Phragmites and Typha. Bird numbers high; globally significant numbers of Cape Shoveller (highest 1995-96), Kelp Gull (1994 and 1995 winters) and Hartlaub's Gull; nationally significant numbers of African Spoonbill, Yellowbilled Duck (winter 1995), African Black Oystercatcher, and Avocet (summer 1993). Highest counts of grebes, pelicans, cormorants, Darter, Redknobbed Coot and Kelp Gull in winter; of geese, Hartlaub's Gull and Cape Wagtail in summer, when shorebird counts also high. Little Bittern resident; African Rail, Baillon's Crake and Painted Snipe occur. Threats include spread of alien vegetation, especially Paspalum vaginatum, siltation, eutrophication and urbanisation.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
10015Anas hybrid33.003
256Calidris pugnax17.0020  
255Calidris alba360360.00360   
1016Anas platyrhynchos22.002
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta195.21422250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata7286.391587   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus4141.0041   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus110.1537   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus110.7761   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa14.3114   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos12.504
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A232.2085
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata124.88109   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.003
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.335   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.403   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis115.6742   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus15257.38747 625 
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor215.7854   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica18.0015   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca2141.96956   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis29.8827   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis55.005   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus16.5024   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis13.258   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia17.8630   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii155.50232 125 
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus149.50240 150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.202
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.252   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.7026   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.1715   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea77.007   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus17.1431   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus114.3693   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash01.402   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.403
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus1010.0010   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus247.04107   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus22.503   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini18.5720   
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis22.002   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus139.39161   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula317.5040   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius335.9492   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.004   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma11.001   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos15.3320  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea2403.461060  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis120.43121   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola12.003   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana226.86101   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii255.10171   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.804   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba17.4235   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus166.42584 500 
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta32390.851500   
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota12.504   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis213.6744   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha216.7563   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.0610   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo125.2590   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii12.334   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis25.509   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A124.2586
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida33.003   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus132.14171   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus44.004   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A4161.75626
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis111.6339
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Monday 06 February 2023 04:04
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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