|Location||Zimbabwe, Masvingo Province,Midlands Province|
|Central coordinates||30o 47.00' East 19o 23.00' South|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site is an isolated patch of Kalahari Sands on the watershed, a little to the east of the geographical centre of Zimbabwe. Within it lies the Driefontein Mission with the two Driefontein dams, and close by to the east is the commercial farming community of Felixburg. The vistas are flat and seemingly endless. Most of the landscape is under natural highveld grassland, dominated by the thatching grass Hyparrhenia which can grow to a height of 3 m. Soaks, seeps, and depressions collect water and form many dambos/vleis in the area, due to the flat terrain. There are a few streams, such as the Nyororo and Shashe, and scattered patches of miombo woodland. Due to the general sufficiency of rainfall, there are areas of rain-fed maize agriculture in summer and irrigated wheat in the austral winter. Temperatures are very equable, and frosts in winter are common. The area is largely divided into commercial ranches which specialize in cattle. There are several mines around Felixburg itself, and Driefontein Mission has a church, a hospital and school, and agricultural crops.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus||resident||1996||25 breeding pairs||-||A1||Vulnerable|
Local conservation groups The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Daviot Site Support Group||2004|
|Shashe Site Support Group||2004|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||17%|
|Grassland||Grassland - edaphic, dry; Grassland - edaphic, wet||major|
|Wetlands (inland)||Artificial wetlands; Ephemeral pools and wetlands; Rivers & streams||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Collection of thatching grass.|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Couto and Couto (2000), Francis (1990), Masterson and Parkes (1994), Mundy et al. (1984).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Driefontein grasslands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014
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