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Location South Africa, Western Cape
Central coordinates 18o 16.00' East  32o 47.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 6,621 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa



Summary The Berg River wetland IBA covers an area of approximately 6 621 Ha and is located 140 km north of Cape Town. From its source, the river flows through the towns of Paarl and Wellington before arching west, meeting the Atlantic Ocean at Laaiplek. Since 1975, approximately 250 bird species have been recorded on and adjacent to the Lower Berg River; 127 of which are waterbirds. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Shoveler Spatula smithii winter  113-603 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1,564-3,932 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
African Spoonbill Platalea alba resident  20-50 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
African Spoonbill Platalea alba winter  152-294 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  236-2,273 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius resident  200-400 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius winter  496-1,087 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea winter  8,281-16,881 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus breeding  250-500 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus winter  657-1,640 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii breeding  500-670 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii winter  1,341-2,030 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia non-breeding  106-199 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii winter  160-646 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis winter  695-1,555 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus winter  394-2,623 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cape West Coast UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 378,240 protected area contains site 6,621  

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

Name Year formed
West coast bird club 0
Heritage society 0
Botanical society 0
Lower berg river conservation association 0

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Salt marshes; Saltpans  -
Rocky areas   3%
Grassland   96%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management 30%
nature conservation and research -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Berg river wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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