Maitland - Gamtoos coast

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (1998)
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Area: 1,800 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 medium not assessed low
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Site description
This IBA is a stretch of coastal dunefield, 23 km in length and 0.75 km wide, running from the Gamtoos river mouth to the Maitland river mouth. This area holds extensive coastal dunefields consisting primarily of open sand and a series of dune-slacks, interdune hollows and depressions between dunes. Coastal dune herbland grows along the coast, with patches of grassland adjacent. In stable dunes, there is thicket vegetation. Non-native Acacia and Eucalyptus also occur.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. This area holds approximately 4% of the global breeding population of Haematopus moquini and it also holds suitable breeding habitat for Sterna balaenarum.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maitland - Gamtoos coast. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.