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Location South Africa, Western Cape
Central coordinates 22o 35.00' East  32o 15.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4ii
Area 32,795 ha
Altitude 1,032 - 1,932m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary The dry, semi-arid Karoo National Park is situated in the central Great Karoo, just north of Beaufort West. The IBA incorporates the Karoo National Park, the town of Beaufort West and its sewage works. A total of 170 species have been recorded in the Park; 77 are resident and 29 are breeding visitors. Despite the low diversity, the Park is extremely important for Namib-Karoo biome-restricted assemblage species, as well as supporting a host of other arid-zone specials.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni winter  1,000-3,000 individuals  A1, A4ii  Least Concern 
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 
Karoo Lark Certhilauda albescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sclater's Lark Spizocorys sclateri resident  1998  present  A3  Near Threatened 
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 

IBA Monitoring

2014 medium not assessed medium
unset
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Shrubland   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Not assessed  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Camdeboo National Park 14,745 protected area contained by site 16,500  
Karoo National Park 76,788 protected area contained by site 43,261  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Karoo National Park Honorary Officers 0

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Shrubland - Cape (fynbos); Shrubland - dwarf Karroo  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karoo National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/12/2014

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