|Location||South Africa, Western Cape|
|Central coordinates||19o 23.44' East 34o 22.58' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Ornithological information See above and species at site account. The latest information regarding the global population of the species (21000) was obtained from Barnes (2000) The Eskom red data book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Site description This area contains 6.7 % of the Global population of Blue Crane which is the main motivation for the establishment of the IBA here. The species experienced substantial and rapid decline since 1978 and its current stronghold is in the Overberg area. It is listed as vulnerable in the BirdLife International and IUCN listing of 2007. Apart from this species the IBA also contains significant numbers of red listed species along its coastal componenent such as Crowned Cormorant (NT), Bank Cormornat (EN), and African Penguin (VU).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|African Penguin Spheniscus demersus||resident||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus||resident||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus||resident||2008||4,800 adults only||good||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs & rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches||major|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas||major|
|Grassland||Grassland - edaphic, dry||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Mainly wheat farming|
Conservation response The Blue Crane poulation is regularly monitored as part of an Avian Demography Unit project called the Coordinated Car Count
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Overstrand. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013
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