|Location||South Africa, Mpumalanga|
|Central coordinates||30o 15.00' East 26o 19.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This site comprises a system of over 320 pans on private land c.30 km east of Breyten. The primary area of pans runs from Tevrede se Pan (26°13’S 30°11’E) in the north to Burgerspan (26°28’S 30°10’E) in the south, and from Goedeverwachtingpan (26°16’S 30°07’E) in the west to Lake Banagher (26°21’S 30°23’E) in the east. The Chrissie system comprises a remarkable variety of pans. Reed pans are mostly permanent, usually retaining water throughout the year. They have a diverse flora, characterized by Phragmites, which forms a dense extensive reedbed covering most of the pan basin. Sedge pans are semi-permanent, usually drying up during the winter and/or dry spells, when they are almost devoid of vegetation. Saline pans are characterized by their glaring white basins when dry and have extremely saline substrata and water. The basins of these pans usually lack vegetation.There is considerable overlap in the common plants between the three pan-types. The pans, and their functioning, remain intact, despite existing in a matrix that consists almost exclusively of maize (80%), interspersed with small fragmented patches of natural grassland (20%).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||winter||-||1,991-3,522 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor||winter||-||common||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus||winter||-||80-100 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||winter||-||1,000-5,000 individuals||-||A1, A4ii||Least Concern|
|Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus||winter||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus||winter||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni||winter||-||5,000 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Grassland||Grassland - edaphic, wet||-|
|Wetlands (inland)||Freshwater lakes and pools||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||1%|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Other biodiversity The plant Odontelytrum abyssinicum is a highly localized and threatened pan specialist.
References Allan (1985, 1987), Allan and Brown (1991), Allan et al. (1995), Breen et al. (1993), Sharp and Allan (1985), Tarboton (1997a,b,c), Wellington (1943).
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