|Location||South Africa, Free State|
|Central coordinates||29o 18.00' East 28o 9.00' South|
|Altitude||1,760 - 1,840m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This site consists of the farm Alexpan 1529, c.20 km north-east of Harrismith. The farm consists of flat grassveld plains, which are mostly used for growing maize, wheat, soya beans and pasture grass, while most of the remaining natural grassland on the slopes is grazed by sheep and cattle. In the north-west corner of the farm, near the district road, there is a shallow dam c.7.5 ha in extent, and there are six smaller ones (less than 2 ha) on various other drainage lines. The most dominant grassland type is moist sandy highveld grassland. Small patches of moist clay highveld grassland grow on the black vertic clays that are scattered throughout the area.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus||resident||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi||resident||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris||resident||-||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris||resident||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Grassland||Grassland - highveld||-|
|Artificial - terrestrial||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Colahan (1990), Nuttall (1995), Stoltz and Geyser (1973).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alexpan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014
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