|Most recent IBA monitoring assessment|
|Year of assessment||Threat score (pressure)||Condition score (state)||Action score (response)|
|2013||very high||not assessed||high|
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Situated c. 80 km north of Richards Bay, Lake St Lucia is a subtropical coastal estuary with a long narrow channel to the sea. The lake system is about 70 km long, and, excluding The Narrows, between 3 km and 18 km wide for most of its length. It is the largest estuarine system in Africa, with a water surface area that varies from 225-417 km2. The St Lucia system supports over 350 bird species and is the most important breeding area for waterbirds in South Africa.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake St Lucia and Mkuze Swamps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/01/2023.