Impendle Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1 (1998)
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Area: 8,760 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 near favourable high high
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Site summary
The reserve centre lies 11 km due south of Impendle town, and about 50 km west of Pietermaritzburg. The terrain is undulating, steep and rocky at the highest points, and dissected with small river drainage lines that fall over a minor escarpment as they join the Umkomaas River. The site is predominantly grassland. The vlei is very good for African Marsh Harrier Circus ranivorus, Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and occasionnaly Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Impendle Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.