Country/territory: South Africa
IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 167,700 ha
|IBA conservation status|
|Year of assessment (most recent)||Threat (pressure)||Condition (state)||Action (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 Area factsheet: Lake St Lucia and Mkuze Swamps. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/7119 on 09/06/2023.