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Katberg - Readsdale forest complex


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1998

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Black Harrier Circus maurus EN resident - present A1
Forest Buzzard Buteo trizonatus NT resident 1998 present A3
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus NT resident - present A1
Knysna Woodpecker Campethera notata NT resident 1998 present A1, A2
Grey Cuckooshrike Ceblepyris caesius LC resident 1998 present A3
Olive Bush-shrike Chlorophoneus olivaceus LC resident 1998 present A3
Drakensberg Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius NT resident - present A1
Barratt's Warbler Bradypterus barratti LC resident 1998 present A3
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla LC resident 1998 present A3
Bush Blackcap Sylvia nigricapillus VU resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1998 present A3
Brown Scrub-robin Tychaedon signata LC resident 1998 present A2
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1998 present A3
Chorister Robin-chat Cossypha dichroa LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Buff-streaked Chat Campicoloides bifasciatus LC resident 1998 present A1, A3
Swee Waxbill Coccopygia melanotis LC resident 1998 present A3
Forest Canary Crithagra scotops LC resident 1998 present A2, A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 very high very unfavourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather drought likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather temperature extremes likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - soil erosion, sedimentation happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest Montane forest - mixed 0 0 poor (40-69%) moderate (70-90%) very unfavourable
Grassland Grassland - montane 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable
Shrubland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Mpofu Nature Reserve 7,500 protected area contained by site 7,500

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Cape Parrot working group 1997
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Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - montane -
Forest Montane forest - mixed -
Shrubland Shrubland - Cape (fynbos) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Katberg - Readsdale forest complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/08/2022.