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Location South Africa, Western Cape
Central coordinates 18o 31.00' East  34o 5.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary The False Bay Ecology Park is centred on the Strandfontein Sewage Works, but also includes Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei Nature Reserves. The system provides a range of semi-natural habitats, including deep and shallow open water, seasonal open ponds, canals with aquatic vegetation, reed, rush and sedge-beds, bare and vegetated shorelines and islands. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana non-breeding  87-477 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Cape Shoveler Spatula smithii non-breeding  603-1,418 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma non-breeding  346-1,332 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis non-breeding  403-628 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus non-breeding  25-51 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis non-breeding  328-1,380 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus non-breeding  1,878-4,328 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor non-breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis breeding  1,000-15,000 breeding pairs  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis non-breeding  2,665-40,000 individuals  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta non-breeding  467-942 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus non-breeding  996-3,685 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii non-breeding  1,156-3,506 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii non-breeding  753 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis winter  3,027 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus winter  1,025-6,832 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds resident  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Shrubland - Cape (fynbos)  -
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches - riverine  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: False Bay Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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