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Rietvlei Wetland Reserve: Combined (33521830)

Western Cape

CWAC status DISCONTINUED
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
2006-03-24
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. This section comprises the whole Rietvlei wetland are prior to the splitting of the count sections.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba421.6740   
256Calidris pugnax1319.631161  
1016Anas platyrhynchos28.1723
10015Anas hybrid33.003
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta3133.00669250125190
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata16357.831417   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus33.003   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis12.206   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus312.7130   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus249.44112   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.001
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea11.001   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa322.5673   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos13.209
10005Duck, HybridAnas hybrid22.002
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos11.001   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.502   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A135.5070
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus213.0027   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata9174.111113 8501000
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.334
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia16.5414   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta14.698   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis17.8324   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus944.00130   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.001   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser144.0087
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca33597.471378   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis119.3384   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus213.2342 25 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis211.8627   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.867   
932Gull, Franklin'sLeucophaeus pipixcan11.001
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus12.839   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii13347.561331250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus8100.33420300150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.703
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax16.9018   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala26.5020   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea116.3341   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea14.2510   
10011Heron, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus122.3357   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus124.2169   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash11.714   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.603
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis14.919
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus11.001   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus8135.00384   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus218.4365   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini214.4333 24 
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis44.004   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus370.94220   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula133.33100   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius183.25434   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.9212   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus22.503   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma16.8320   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.402  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1306.101435  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis156.14200   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola418.8330   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana111.6035   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii11173.13506350175350
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis14.1714   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba114.3187 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus450.44101   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta17572.441501   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis13.276  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota13.005   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis419.7584   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha292.50688   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.858   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo140.55180   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii13.2212   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis16.2917   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A24.339
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus1208.22804   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus25.009   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A300300.00300
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis457.81121
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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Monday 06 February 2023 06:03
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