Dassen Island

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 740 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 favourable high high
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Site summary
Dassen Island, South Africa's second largest coastal island lies 9 km from the mainland between Saldanha Bay and Cape Town. This island reaches 19.2 m above sea level at its highest point. Owing to its proximity to the mainland and offers sanctuary to a variety of land and seabirds. The most important resident is the African Penguin Spheniscus demersus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Dassen Island. Downloaded from on 07/12/2023.