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Location South Africa, Northern Province
Central coordinates 28o 58.00' East  23o 7.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 2,051m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary Blouberg is an isolated inselberg that lies to the west of the Soutpansberg range, some 80 km west of Louis Trichardt. The cliffs at Blouberg regularly hold between 600 and 920 pairs of Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  820-870 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  1,700-1,900 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed medium
  unset
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Grassland   0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Savanna   0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Gyps coprotheres Cape Vulture 870 941 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Buphagus erythrorhynchus Red-billed Oxpecker 30 30 individuals 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Blouberg Nature Reserve 12,833 protected area contained by site 4,450  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - mixed  -
Grassland   -
Savanna   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 17%
tourism/recreation -
forestry 14%
nature conservation and research 8%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Blouberg. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/11/2014

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