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Location South Africa, Free State
Central coordinates 28o 15.00' East  28o 32.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 40,000 ha
Altitude 1,469 - 1,756m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary This IBA consists primarily of private farmland in the Fouriesburg, Bethlehem and Clarens districts. Most of the area is cultivated land, but some large patches of natural grassland and areas of rocky outcrops remain in this matrix. This site supports several Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus breeding colonies as well as Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus and Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus resident  80-100 breeding pairs  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus winter  200-300 individuals  A4i  Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni winter  present  A1  Least Concern 
Black Harrier Circus maurus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Blue Bustard Eupodotis caerulescens resident  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Shrubland - Montane  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 3%
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 1%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fouriesburg - Bethlehem - Clarens. Downloaded from on 21/04/2015

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