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Strandfontein Sewage Works: North (34041831)

Western Cape

Authority Cape Bird Club & City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
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Regarded as one of the top ten coastal sites for waterbirds in the country. A sewage works on the Cape Flats; important foraging area for birds breeding and roosting at nearby Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary. There is an excellent diversity of waterbird species (72), with globally signi-ficant counts of seven species and nationally significant counts of a further three. Good numbers of Palearctic and African waders and terns occur in summer. High summer counts of Grey and Purple Herons, and winter counts of White Pelican, are also noteworthy. Most waterfowl are more numerous in summer, except for South African Shelduck and Southern Pochard. Habitat loss and disturbance will occur if a proposed ring road is built adjacent to sewage works. This site compromises ponds P7 + P8.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax33.003  
4150Albatross, ShyThalassarche cauta22.002
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta172.78289250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata5139.14677   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis13.506   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus13.6622   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus13.5230   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.502
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.2740   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.502   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
10005Duck, HybridAnas hybrid11.001
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa119.12158  75
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus13.338   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata211.2946   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata136.52191   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.394
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.293   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta18.00124   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis142.73184   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1339.9416971250625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor64170.75365   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca129.33153   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis123.25305   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis149.88500250125240
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus13.7420   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis3115.77563500250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.552   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.605   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii2207.481535250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus1931.912602300150700
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.262
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.814   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.4715   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.3914   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.483   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus123.8281   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus111.7685   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash18.2240   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.001   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.332
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.252
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus127.32214   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus120.2394   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini12.085   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus111.62121   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.502   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius22.503   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris14.6418   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma132.30260 250 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola13.005   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana18.6150   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii2169.781621350175350
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.753   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus119.33121   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta248.5098   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.704  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus11.001
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota124.57156   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis6200.82961   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha119.54239   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.001   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11.502   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii114.4572   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis964.50120   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida226.0070   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus13.506   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.001   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis16.6272
688Wagtail, MountainMotacilla clara55.005
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