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Berg River 12: Melkplaas Floodplain (32511814)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information SA104 - LOWER BERG RIVER WETLANDS
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Date_registered
1998-07-26
Brief_description
An IBA. The lower reaches and mouth of the Berg River, incorporating the open estuary, mudflats and lagoon, various saltpans, permanent marshes and riparian reedbeds, floodplains at Kruispad, Langrietvlei and Kersfontein, the Kliphoek River, and Doornfontein pan. A very important wetland system, with large concentrations of many waterbird species in summer and winter, with globally significant numbers of seven species, nationally significant numbers of six more, and large counts of White Pelican, cormorants, ibises, waterfowl, Blacksmith Plover, Avocet and terns. Saltpans are being enlarged at the expense of mud flats and reedbeds (Kliphoek). Other important threats include boating, water- skiing, dam construction (Kliphoek River), and gill net fishing; there is some pollution and hunting.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta16.5330  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata120.15105   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus22.002   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis116.7656   
51Cormorant, CrownedPhalacrocorax coronatus11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus114.3465   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo15.4523   
216Crane, BlueAnthropoides paradiseus22.673   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.672   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa114.5876   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa88.008   
10015Duck, Hybrid MallardAnas hybrid12.674
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A126.50100
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata258.52400   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis13.007   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta110.4581   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.914
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber121.1083   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor162.17150   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser1220.0035
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus236.86330   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis118.23135   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis11.754   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.205   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sLarus hartlaubii12.535   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus16.9626   
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.202
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.703   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.238   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.547   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus113.2230   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus14.0010   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash12.908   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata11.252
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis17.0019
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus2727.0027   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus28.0923   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.875
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.332   
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax112.0040  
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.142
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus14.1824   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus22.002   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.673   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius111.5887   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.173   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus1313.0013   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax11.502  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba39.0015   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea19.1740  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis13.005   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.502   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana111.2064   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii17.6321   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis22.503   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba17.5638   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus15.4624  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta114.7130   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis12.388  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis221.93150   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha37.2915   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia12.326   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo14.2114   
299Tern, LittleSterna albifrons12.504   
296Tern, SandwichSterna sandvicensis11.001   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A113.5060
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis15.3415
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus11.001   
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