Country/territory: South Africa
IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 2,880 ha
|IBA conservation status|
|Year of assessment (most recent)||Threat (pressure)||Condition (state)||Action (response)|
|2012||very high||very unfavourable||low|
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The Swartkops Estuary is located on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. The catchment of this river lies in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains west of Uitenhage. The lower river receives water primarily from the Swartkops and Elands rivers. This complex holds, on average, 14 500 birds each year; occasionally 20 000. Redhouse Saltpan and the Swartkops Estuary each regularly hold more than 4 000 birds a year.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Swartkops Estuary - Redhouse and Chatty Saltpans. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/7150 on 06/06/2023.