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Nuwejaars River Wetland - Moddervlei (34371948)

Western Cape

Authority Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area - Land Owner - Liohan Giliomee
Management status Registered Conservancy
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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The wetland area is on Moddervlei Farm dubbed Nuwejaars River wetland or affectionately known as Liohans Moddervlei. It is located approximately 6km south from the small town of Elim, along the R43, directly opposite the Black Oystercatcher Restaurant. Nuwejaars River Wetland is situated runs across two farms, Moddervlei and Hazevlakte, and both are part of the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area (NWSMA). Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (NWSMA) operates under a section 21 not for profit company, the Nuwejaars River Nature Reserve (NRNR). The organisation is situated on the Agulhas Plain and covers approximately 45,000 hectares. Membership consists of 25 landowners and include the community of Elim as well as the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The overriding objective of the organisation is to maintain the high productive agriculture of the area with all its work opportunities and food production, while conserving and managing the natural areas of rivers, wetlands and endangered fynbos as a complete unit, an area of approximately 22,000 hectares. The Nuwejaars River Wetland is Palmiet riparian wetland, dominated by palmiet, Prionium serratum, that forms a dense stands to 2 m tall in acid-water streambeds. Perennial acid water streams that have gently flowing water with a gradual incline with deep sandy banks. It plays an important ecological role in binding riverbanks and prevents the scouring of riverbanks. Influenced by catchments management upstream. Alien vegetation (primarily Acacia saligna and Acacia longifolia) and the subsequent scouring of rivers are a major threat to this unit. The main problem with alien vegetation is that when flooding occurs the alien trees tend to be uprooted and this loosens the sand banks and the process of scouring and erosion of banks occurs. This is a widespread problem in Cape Rivers. Currently the wetland area is primiraly dominated by dense alien vegetation growth to the east, and the wetland is largely intact and pristine to the west. A rehabilitation project for the wetland area is due to start in 2018.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata12.565   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus115.4346   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.885
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea11.672   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa19.4329   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.002   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A77.007
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata22.002   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata518.9255   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.202
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta14.009   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis37.0014   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus11.001   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca113.4677   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis113.9236   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.004   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.001   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus33.003   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.502
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.386   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.502   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.443   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus226.67154   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus22.002   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash115.8952   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.603
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.001
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus321.6761   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus13.138   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius114.3352   
1039Plover, Pacific GoldenPluvialis fulva2235.5049
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris23.506   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma22.002   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens22.333-1
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea26.0010  
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii15.6012   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.866   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba111.1333   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus55.005   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.672  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota22.002   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha29.6723   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida5050.0050   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus23.807   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis610.7918
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