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Durban Bayhead NHS (29533101)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status STATE LAND
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information
Ramsar information
Heritage information 209 - BAY HEAD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE
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Date_registered
1993-01-10
Brief_description
Open estuary, with mud and a tiny remnant of what was once the largest mangrove swamp in the province; completely surrounded by industrial development. Moderate numbers of Palearctic shorebirds in summer, especially Ringed and Grey Plovers, and Terek and Curlew Sandpipers. Counts of Grey Plover and Terek Sandpiper increasing, of Turnstone and Curlew Sandpiper decreasing. 44 Common Sandpipers in winter 1995, and 50 Whimbrel in summer 1997, were exceptional. High biomass in winters of 1996 and 1997 due to presence of Kelp Gull and White Pelican. Mangrove Kingfisher occurs in winter. Critical threats are further development, and pollution by industrial waste (including oil) and solid waste; disturbance is a mild threat.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis12.6711   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus11.863   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo14.1615   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa55.005   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis28.5015   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta14.7820   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.333
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica11.001   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus14.3014   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.502   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia132.84100   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus151.31190   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus17.5324   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.252   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.333   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.696   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea14.1115   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides44.004   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.1546   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash12.828   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.252
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.567
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus11.001   
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus22.002   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus118.3890   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus3434.0034   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.212
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus55.005   
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens12.9712   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1661.57100   
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii11.504   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola126.9287   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius19.5335   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.275   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus15.1420   
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus1212.0012
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax12.679  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba13.206   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos112.0044  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1110.14288  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.738   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus116.2845 
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.3810   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus11.502  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta29.2930   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus14.1311   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha88.008   
294Tern, ArcticSterna paradisaea99.009  
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia12.8011   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo14.3818   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedSterna bengalensis11.713   
299Tern, LittleSterna albifrons11.001   
296Tern, SandwichSterna sandvicensis11.453   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii13.2118   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus44.004   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres16.3626   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp22.674
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis11.001
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus116.4082   
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