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Kensalt Saltworks, Gongoni (2594009)


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A long-established active salt works created in cleared mangrove forest and the adjacent scrubland inland from it. The largest pans on the seaward side change in water level somewhat but always remain with reasonable levels - they are not normally allowed to dry out. The later pans can be flooded or dry depending on where they're at in the salt cycle. Large numbers of waders use the pans for roosting over the high tide - flying in from the creeks and mudflats among the mangroves and along the shoreline over the high tide. The section of tidal creek that is visible from the main inlet pump for the saltworks is also included in the counts.
Man-made pools varying in depth from c.1 m to dry. Also some natural mangrove-fringed tidal creeks.
Man pans are entirely man-made and tightly managed with regard to waterlevels to maximise salt production. Wide tidal creeks with some narrow tributaries that leave exposed mud banks at low tide and are flooded over the high tide.
Very high salinity levels in some of the ponds which still attract large numbers of waders. The less saline pans are deeper and hold some fish which attracts cormorants and other fish-eating birds. Seaward side of the site is totally bordered with de

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus6161.0061   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo6161.0061   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata9797.0097   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba55.005   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.001   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia2020.0020   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus3939.0039   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis66.006
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus33.003
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus1616.0016   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens1717.0017   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula6060.0060   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii11.001   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola99.009   
234Plover, Lesser SandCharadrius mongolus3030.0030   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus99.009   
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos2626.0026  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea237237.00237  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis55.005   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus22.002 
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba7272.0072   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta735735.00735   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus11.001   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis2020.0020   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha22.002   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia1414.0014   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo22.002   
902Tern, Gull-billedSterna nilotica119119.00119 
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A650650.00650
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus207207.00207   
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