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Midmar Dam: Reserve Section (29313011)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife & Private
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA076 - MIDMAR NATURE RESERVE
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Date_registered
1993-01-23
Brief_description
An IBA. A large water supply dam with open, rather barren and fairly steep shoreline of earth/stones with adjacent grass; marshy patch at one inlet stream, and a little foraging habitat for waders. All three crane species breed. Largest counts of cormorants and Grey Heron in winter 1994, and of Cattle Egret and Sacred Ibis in summer 1994; high biomass totals in summer 1993, and winter 1996 and 1997, due to large counts of Spurwinged and Egyptian Geese. Blacksmith Plover numbers highest in summers of 1993 and 1995; summer 1993 also had highest counts of Little Stint and Ruff. Notable decline in number of species and total counts in recent summers. Used for boating and recreation; the only recorded threat is a proposed raising of the dam wall.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata194.35868   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis108108.00108   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus110.0448   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo18.2054   
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris12.004
216Crane, BlueAnthropoides paradiseus713.0024   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum29.5530   
215Crane, WattledBugeranus carunculatus12.003  2
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa17.0053   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.404   
91Duck, CombSarkidiornis melanotos11.001   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor11.673   
10015Duck, Hybrid MallardAnas hybrid66.006
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A131.95100
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata16.2014   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata127.81199   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis128.50113   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba12.147   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.8617   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.885   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.787
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber7474.0074   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus4160.34656   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis167.82308   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis17.7435   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia15.3817   
932Gull, Franklin'sLarus pipixcan7171.0071
289Gull, Hartlaub'sLarus hartlaubii2525.0025   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus1818.0018   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta12.295   
170Harrier, Montagu'sCircus pygargus22.002
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.8330   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.422   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.0610   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.553   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.4243   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash113.89116   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.304  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata11.502
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.186
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus16.1321   
243Lapwing, Black-wingedVanellus melanopterus2323.0023   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus224.88139   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.704
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.672   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.393
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
231Oystercatcher, African BlackHaematopus moquini1111.0011  
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus11.001   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola66.006   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius18.6234   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris14.3314   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus16.0011   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma46.008   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax528.5080  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.6912  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea495.50187  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis55.005   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.5717   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna44.004
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana13.339   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii12.104   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis13.005   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.4210   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus45.006  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta490.60333   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis3030.0030   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis33.003  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus11.001
884Swan, MuteCygnus olor11.001
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha16.2428   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia11.001   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo8484.0084   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii11.001   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A129.0050
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.504
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis19.0045
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus1313.0013   
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