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Location South Africa, Northern Province
Central coordinates 28o 5.00' East  24o 17.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 375,000 ha
Altitude 900 - 1,670m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary The site consists of the Waterberg range and its cliffs. The area is characterised by open broadleaved woodland that is common on the plains below the Waterberg Mountains. Kransberg holds a large Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres colony of nearly 900 breeding pairs. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  700-900 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  1,800-2,200 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors flight paths happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Savanna Wooded grassland  0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Gyps coprotheres Cape Vulture 900 804 breeding pairs 90 near favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Masebe Nature Reserve 7,749 protected area contained by site 4,542  
Waterberg UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 414,571 protected area contains site 375,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - mixed  -
Shrubland Scrub - forest  -
Savanna Wooded grassland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 30%
unknown -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Waterberg System. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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