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Soutpansberg


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1998 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Forest Buzzard Buteo trizonatus NT resident 1998 present A3
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU resident - 116-171 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres VU non-breeding - 250-400 individuals A4ii
Grey Cuckooshrike Ceblepyris caesius LC resident 1998 present A3
Barratt's Warbler Bradypterus barratti LC resident 1998 present A3
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla LC resident 1998 present A3
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1998 present A3
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1998 present A3
Chorister Robin-chat Cossypha dichroa LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi NT resident 1998 present A3
Swee Waxbill Coccopygia melanotis LC resident 1998 present A3
Forest Canary Crithagra scotops LC resident 1998 present A2, A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1998).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2014 very unfavourable very high negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes habitat medium

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Forest 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable
Savanna Bushland & thicket - evergreen 0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming 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 majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - intentional use: subsistence/sml scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - motivation unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - intentional use: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - intentional use: subsistence/small scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Vhembe Biosphere Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 3,037,590 protected area contains site 0
Tinus Eyssell Private Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 0
Roodewal Private Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 134 protected area contained by site 0
Roodewal Nature Reserve Forest Nature Reserve 604 protected area contained by site 0
Ratombo Nature Reserve Forest Nature Reserve 184 protected area contained by site 0
Oase Private Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 542 protected area overlaps with site 0
Nzhelele Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 21 protected area contained by site 0
Nwanedi National Park Nature Reserve 3,333 protected area contained by site 0
Luvhondo Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 4,233 protected area contained by site 0
Kliprivier Private Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 379 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Johanna F. Uys Private Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 1,105 protected area contained by site 0
Happy Rest Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 2,247 protected area contained by site 0
Entabeni Nature Reserve Forest Nature Reserve 1,208 protected area contained by site 12,054
Chapudi Private Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 2,560 protected area contained by site 0

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane forest - mixed -
Savanna Bushland & thicket - evergreen -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
military -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Soutpansberg. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/soutpansberg-iba-south-africa on 26/02/2024.