|Central coordinates||35o 30.00' East 23o 0.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||0 - 100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site consists of the bay of Pomene, the coastline to the south and the adjoining hinterland. The bay consists of intertidal flats surrounded by a large mangrove forest. A slight depression behind the sand-dunes is bordered by a plateau. The dunes are forested, the depression contains marshland and scrubland, and the plateau has forests which are taller and more species-rich than the dune-forests. Much of the plateau forest has been destroyed for subsistence farming. In fact, this type of forest has been cleared along most of the coastal plain between Maputo and the Save river, and the forests of this area represent the largest surviving tract.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site is important for coastal forest birds which have declined in the region, and the bay is a wintering ground for large numbers of migratory shorebirds. Regular counts of waterbirds may prove that congregations of some species (e.g. Sterna bengalensis) exceed 1% threshold levels. Morus capensis occurs regularly offshore as a non-breeding winter visitor. Two species of the Zambezian biome have been recorded.
Non-bird biodiversity: Not known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Cape Gannet Morus capensis||winter||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Zululand Batis Batis fratrum||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pale Batis Batis soror||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike Prionops scopifrons||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Four-coloured Bush-shrike Telophorus quadricolor||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rudd's Apalis Apalis ruddi||resident||1999||present||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Black-bellied Glossy-starling Lamprotornis corruscus||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Plain-backed Sunbird Anthreptes reichenowi||resident||1999||present||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Mouse-coloured Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus||resident||1999||present||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Lemon-breasted Seedeater Serinus citrinipectus||resident||1999||present||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Pomene||Game Reserve||10,000||protected area contained by site||10,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
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References Clancey (1996), Parker (1999).
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