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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 29o 29.00' East  30o 30.00' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 120 ha
Altitude 1,300 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Site description The site is located 5 km north-east of Kokstad, occupying the valley bottom along the meandering course of the Manzimnyama river amidst agricultural land. It lies within a narrow finger of transition between highland sourveld and Cymbopogon-Themeda veld. The permanently saturated to flooded areas are Typha-dominated, particularly the lowest depressions in the vlei. Tall sedges of Cyperus and Mariscus are locally dominant in less permanently and deeply flooded conditions, often with other Cyperus, Schoenoplectus and Juncus. The sedges extend into the seasonally flooded areas, where they occur alongside Eleocharis, Leersia and Paspalum. Seasonal or ephemeral flooding in sedge meadow and wet grassland is often extensive, and up to 50 cm deep, but in some years much of the flood-plain remains almost completely dry.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi winter  present  A1  Critically Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Grassland   -

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Begg (1989), Taylor (1994, 1997a,b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Penny Park. Downloaded from on 28/07/2014

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