Swartkops Estuary - Redhouse and Chatty Saltpans

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 2,880 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2012 very high very unfavourable low
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Site summary
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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Swartkops Estuary - Redhouse and Chatty Saltpans. Downloaded from on 06/06/2023.