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Location South Africa, Northern Cape
Central coordinates 18o 49.00' East  29o 10.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 54,408 ha
Altitude 489 - 1,141m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Situated 12 km north-west of Aggeneys, the farm Haramoep (29°07’S 18°40’E; 14,745 ha) forms the central portion of the site. The remainder is formed by neighbouring farms: Dabenoris, Koeries Wes, Koeries Oos, Katkop and the adjoining Goldfields-owned private nature reserves, Black Mountain Mine and the farm Aggeneys. The area consists of extensive sandy and gravel-plains holding perennial desert grassland and shrubs scattered between bare sand patches. The granitic Haramoep mountains lie in the central and eastern parts of the farm, with gravel-plains stretching to the south.

The koppies hold shrubs of Adenolobus and Rhus, especially on the mid-slopes and peak of the Haramoep mountains. The cobble-strewn bases of the koppies are covered with melkboom Euphorbia. The western and northern regions comprise red sand-dunes overlying the fossil course of the Koa river. The gravel-plains are covered by sparse dwarf shrubland and grassland. The drainage lines support taller woody vegetation including shrubs of Euclea, Ozoroa, Acacia and Tamarix, as well as a patch of Prosopis near the homestead.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Harrier Circus maurus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii resident  1998  present  A3  Endangered 
Karoo Bustard Heterotetrax vigorsii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
Karoo Long-billed Lark Certhilauda subcoronata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red Lark Certhilauda burra resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Sclater's Lark Spizocorys sclateri resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Stark's Lark Eremalauda starki resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Sparrow-lark Eremopterix australis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kopje Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-rumped Eremomela Eremomela gregalis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Layard's Warbler Sylvia layardi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sicklewing Chat Cercomela sinuata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Karoo Chat Cercomela schlegelii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tractrac Chat Cercomela tractrac resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Canary Serinus alario resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aggeneys farm Conservation Area 7,000 protected area contained by site 7,000  
Black Mountain Mine Nature Reserve 7,600 protected area contained by site 7,600  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub - woodland  -
Grassland   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 14%
nature conservation and research 80%
water management 50%

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Allan (1989, 1994b), Dean (1989, 1995, 1997), Dean and Hockey (1989), Dean and Lombard (1994), Dean and Siegfried (1997), Dean et al. (1991), du Plessis (1992), Edwards (1974), Ryan and Bloomer (in press), Steyn and Myburgh (1989), Vernon (1986), Watkeys (1986, 1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haramoep and Black Mountain Mine Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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