Berg River Estuary

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A4i (1998)
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Area: 24,200 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 high not assessed negligible
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Site 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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Berg River Estuary. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.