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Voelvlei (Bredasdorp) (34401952)

Western Cape

Authority Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area
Management status PRIVATE LAND
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information
Ramsar information No
Heritage information
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Voelvlei is located approximately 21 km south west of Bredasdorp. Take the right R43 turn off from the R319 once exiting Bredasdorp south. In 19km tar road will en in a "T", head east toward the dirt road for 1 km and then take the south turn off (right). Travel 1km south and the mot northern tip of the vlei can be seen from the road. Access by land owners permission only. Although the Voelvlei system usually drains into the Nuwejaars River, during periods of flooding the opposite occurs and the river's waters fill Voelvlei. Then, as the flowing subsides, the flow reverts to its normal direction. The Nuwejaars River empties into Zoetendalsvlei and when this system is full it overflows into the Heuningnes River, which in turn feeds the Heuningnes Estuary. The entire catchment area is relatively small at 1 401 km2. The estuary drains the flat, low coastal plain on the Zoetendals Valley (Birdlife SA_IBA_2016)

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1390.50168 125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata22.002   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus66.006   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo214.0030   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa113.6736   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A200200.00200
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata1298.33227   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis99.009   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer14.007
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber30210.00400   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor531.5058   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus203843.001822 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis221.6735   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis1919.0019   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia33.003   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus99.009   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.675   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus66.006   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus655.00104   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus6477.0090   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula3748.0059   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.009   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius1743.3385   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris3672.00108   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus11.001   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax88.008  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea216.3342  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis23.004   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana227.5053   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii4778.00140   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis2525.0025   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.005   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1175.33145  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta268622.50977   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis3030.0030   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha326.0069   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
0Unknown, UnknownN/A N/A100100.00100
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2001100.002000
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis1115.6718
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