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Bloemhof Dam (27412540)

Free State

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA039 - SANDVELD & BLOEMHOF NATURE RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1992-02-05
Brief_description
A sub-regional IBA. A state dam on the Vaal River, partly within two nature reserves. It regularly supports over 5000, sometimes over 10 000, waterbirds. There are globally significant counts of Dabchick, Darter, African Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo and Cape Shoveller, and nationally significant counts of six other species, including Goliath Heron. Good numbers of Blacksmith Plover, Blackwinged Stilt and Greyheaded Gull also occur. Large numbers of herons, egrets and cormorants breed. Numbers of most waterfowl peak in winter; counts of most other waterbirds are higher in summer, except for Dabchick, flamingos, Redknobbed Coot, Avocet and Whiskered Tern. Black Egret and Saddlebilled Stork are recorded. Important threats are pollution and eutrophication; mild threats are posed by fishing and boating.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1119.74836250125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata11152.834630 2500 
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus3130.13456   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo2480.652723 2500130
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris18.5028
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata22.002   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa5120.24610500250 
91Duck, CombSarkidiornis melanotos169.77528   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor464.10294   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa45.006   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A670670.00670
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus77.007   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata3576.584056   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata1519.5541121700850 
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis1474.366233 5000 
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba137.94179   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta246.81147   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia115.5646   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer27.0017
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber1336.1922181250625760
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor6219.07799  600
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus45809.632737 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis5295.731720  750
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis12.504   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus17.5222   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis1123.00739500250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.887   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus2178.44775 500 
899Gull, Lesser BlackbackedLarus fuscus11.001
170Harrier, Montagu'sCircus pygargus11.001
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca15.6328   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala18.8654   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath1052.41168 125 
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea255.73159   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides16.8334   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus150.69255   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus112.7661   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash232.92105   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus15.5714  
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata22.002
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.007
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus6104.02410   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus218.47153   
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax11.001  
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.332
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus15.0018   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens27.8321   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula23.335   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius116.1167   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris14.8923   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma143.00175   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax1664.5912155 10000
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea12246.671307775003750
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana2200.292854420210500
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii278.70895350175350
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba129.0719315075 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1123.15632 500
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1702.895589 5000 
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis128.3394   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis19.2032  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis243.78130   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha2447.411676   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia128.8594 6820
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1212.0012
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida435.8015515075100
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus9746.91421320001000 
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1531.501325
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis18.9350
689Wagtail, YellowMotacilla flava77.007
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