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Location South Africa, Mpumalanga
Central coordinates 30o 4.00' East  25o 21.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4ii
Area 100,000 ha
Altitude 1,700 - 2,274m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary This area consists of 87 private farms in the Belfast–Dullstroom region. The area lies on the central South African plateau, and consists primarily of rolling high-altitude grassland interspersed with rocky outcrops. Lakensvleispruit is a very important wetland, and the northern portion, known as Middelpunt Vlei, hosts the threatened and highly specialised White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus resident  1998  30-40 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, A3, A4i  Vulnerable 
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus winter  100-350 individuals  A4i  Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni winter  1,000-3,000 individuals  A1, A4ii  Least Concern 
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi winter  1998  6-12 individuals  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Striped Flufftail Sarothrura affinis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  4 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Verloren Valei Provincial Nature Reserve 5,990 protected area contained by site 5,922  
Verloren Valei Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,891 protected area contained by site 5,891  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - highveld  -
Wetlands (inland) Riverine floodplains  -
Forest   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 6%
forestry 60%
nature conservation and research 4%
water management 10%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Steenkampsberg. Downloaded from on 30/08/2014

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