Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1 (1998)
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Area: 186 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
The site is located 32 km west of Mooi river, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Highmoor, a division of the Natal Drakensberg Park (IBA ZA048) bounds it on one side, and the other boundaries abut onto private land. The terrain is almost flat. The vegetation consists of grasslands and wetlands classified as Highland Sourveld. The original grass community has been severely modified by past use as farmland. Permanent wetlands are dominated by Phragmites and Typha, with species of Cyperus, Pycreus and Juncus on the fringes.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The vlei and surrounding grasslands hold Grus carunculatus, Balearica regulorum and Grus paradisea. Botaurus stellaris is regularly recorded, and is a speciality of the vlei, which also holds Circus ranivorus and Ciconia nigra. Neotis denhami, and Tyto capensis frequent the surrounding grasslands.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hlatikulu. Downloaded from on 21/01/2019.