|Location||South Africa, Northern Cape|
|Central coordinates||24o 46.00' East 28o 44.00' South|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Kamfers Dam is located 2 km north of Kimberley at the junction of three biomes; the Karoo, Kalahari and Grasslands. The dam is actually a non-perennial, closed-basin pan in a semi-arid environment, receiving water from three primary sources; its 160 km² catchment, 14 megalitres of treated sewage effluent from Kimberley per day, and half of the town’s stormwater. During 5- to 10-year dry cycles, the pan dries out between October and December, and fills between February and March. There is always permanent water at the south-western end of the pan, owing to the continuous inflow of sewage effluent, and this has resulted in the establishment of extensive beds of Phragmites, Typha, Scirpus, Juncus and Cyperus marsh, sedge- and reedbeds.The Kalahari thornveld surrounding the pan is dominated by Acacia. Panveld grows on the water’s edge and lower slopes, and is characterized by plants that grow on heavy/brackish/saline soils. Unfortunately, invasive non-native plants (such as Tagetes, Agave, Argemone, Prosopis and Salsola) cover areas adjacent to the pan.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca||winter||-||6,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|South African Shelduck Tadorna cana||winter||-||92-500 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis||winter||-||900 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||winter||-||1,208-18,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Save the Flamingo||2008|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Grassland||Grassland - Semi-desert||-|
|Wetlands (inland)||Artificial wetlands; Ephemeral pools and wetlands||major|
|Shrubland||Scrub - woodland||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Anderson (1994a,c), Anderson and Koen (1994), Koen (1993).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kamfers Dam. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014
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