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Location South Africa, Free State
Central coordinates 29o 40.00' East  27o 57.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 380 ha
Altitude 1,840 - 2,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description This conservancy comprises a single farm, Voordeel 681, situated on the Free State/KwaZulu-Natal border c.30 km south-east of Memel. The area consists of undulating, natural sourveld grassland on a hilly, high-altitude plateau, together with the steeply sloping grassy hillsides and the valley of the main tributary of the Klip river. A proportion of the conservancy is cultivated. The dominant types of natural grassland are moist clay highveld grassland, moist cool highveld grassland and north-eastern mountain grassland.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. This area supports some highly threatened grassland species, including Heteromirafra ruddi, Spizocorys fringillaris, Anthus chloris and Geronticus calvus. Several other grassland species, such as Monticola explorator, Saxicola bifasciata and Eupodotis caerulescens, occur here. The rocky outcrops hold Anthus crenatus and Geocolaptes olivaceus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Blue Bustard Eupodotis caerulescens resident  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Voordeel Conservancy Conservation Area 380 is identical to site 380  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - highveld  -
Shrubland   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
unknown -

References Herholdt and Grobler (1987), Stoltz and Geyser (1973).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Voordeel Conservancy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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