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Location South Africa, Western Cape
Central coordinates 19o 23.44' East  34o 22.58' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 27,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

BirdLife South Africa

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).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus resident  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus resident  2008  present  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.

Name Year formed
BirdLife Overburg 2004


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs & rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  major
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  major
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, dry  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
Notes: Mainly wheat farming

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Overstrand. Downloaded from on 22/07/2014

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