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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 29o 25.00' East  30o 18.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 5,244 ha
Altitude 1,224 - 1,411m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary Franklin Vlei is a large complex wetland that has several areas of significance. The first of these is Vogelvlei, which is comparatively undisturbed. The second significant area is the causeway that crosses a wet zone of the vlei near Franklin village. Franklin Vlei has the largest known White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi population in South Africa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi winter  1998  40-75 individuals  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Corncrake Crex crex winter  present  A1  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  1 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Artificial - terrestrial   14%
Shrubland   70%
Forest   14%
Grassland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 1%
agriculture -
nature conservation and research 100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Franklin Vlei. Downloaded from on 30/08/2014

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