Table Bay Nature Reserve

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Table Bay Nature Reserve
Rietvlei wetland reserve - Cape Town 2.jpg
Map showing the location of Table Bay Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Table Bay Nature Reserve
Location of Table Bay Reserve
Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Coordinates 33°50′45″S 18°30′01″E / 33.84579°S 18.50039°E / -33.84579; 18.50039Coordinates: 33°50′45″S 18°30′01″E / 33.84579°S 18.50039°E / -33.84579; 18.50039
Area 880 hectares (8.8 km2)
Governing body City of Cape Town
http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/environmentalresourcemanagement/Pages/default.aspx

The Table Bay Nature Reserve is an 880 hectare nature reserve situated in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa. It consists of several smaller constituent reserves including Rietvlei Wetland Reserve, Diep River Fynbos Corridor, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Racecourse Nature Reserve, and Milnerton Lagoon, as well as surrounding protected areas. These adjacent reserves were amalgamated on 27 June 2012, in order to improve the biodiversity management in the built-up area. It is managed by the City of Cape Town's Environmental Resource Management Department, with offices at Rietvlei.[1]

The Table Bay Nature Reserve forms the southern-most buffer area of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, and links it to the edge of Cape Town's city centre. It also contains a large portion of the critically endangered lowland habitats remaining in Cape Town.

The central feature in the Table Bay Nature Reserve is the Rietvlei wetland system. The Rietvlei Wetlands and Milnerton Lagoon were proclaimed as a Nature Area on 3 August 1984, in proclamation number 1632 of Provincial Gazette No. 9345. The Nature Reserve is partly owned by the City of Cape Town and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature – South Africa, who own two of the Erven. The City of Cape Town manages these two Erven on a 99-year lease for the purposes of nature conservation.[1]

Biodiversity[edit]

Fauna and flora in the reserve include the following:[2][clarification needed]

Mammals[edit]

Indigenous[edit]

Bathyergidae
Bovidae
Canidae
Chrysochloridae
Felidae
Herpestidae
Hystricidae
Leporidae
Muridae
Mustelidae;
Soricidae
Vespertilionidae
Viverridae

Introduced[edit]

Canidae
  • Canis lupus familiaris a.k.a. Canis familiaris (domestic dog)
Felidae

Reptiles[edit]

Chamaeleonidae
Colubridae
Elapidae
Gekkonidae
Gerrhosauridae
Lacertidae
Leptotyphlopidae
Pelomedusidae
Scincidae
Testudinidae
Typhlopidae
Viperidae

Amphibians[edit]

Brevicipitidae
Bufonidae
Pipidae
Pyxicephalidae bonaparte

Fish[edit]

Indigenous[edit]

Anabantidae
Anguillidae
Clupeidae
Galaxiidae
Gobiidae
Mugilidae
Sparidae

Introduced[edit]

Cichlidae
Clariidae
Cyprinidae
  • Cyprinus carpio (carp)
Poeciliidae

Birds[edit]

Accipitridae
Alaudidae
Alcedinidae
Anatidae
Anhingidae
Apodidae
Ardeidae
Caprimulgidae
Centropodidae
Cerylidae
Charadriidae
Chionidae
Ciconiidae
Cisticolidae
Coliidae
Columbidae
Corvidae
Cuculidae
Dendrocygnidae
Estrildidae
Falconidae
Fringillidae
Gruidae
  • Anthropoides paradiseus (blue crane) Vulnerable (VU)
Haematopodidae
Heliornithidae
Hirundinidae
Indicatoridae
Laniidae
Laridae
Lybiidae
Meropidae
Monarchidae
Motacillidae
Muscicapidae
Nectariniidae
Passeridae
Pelecanidae
Phalacrocoracidae
Phasianidae
Phoenicopteridae
Ploceidae
Podicipedidae
Pycnonotidae
Rallidae
Recurvirostridae
Rostratulidae
Scolopacidae
Scopidae
Strigidae
Sturnidae
Sylviidae
Threskiornithidae
Tytonidae
Upupidae
Viduidae
Zosteropidae

Plants[edit]

Indigenous[edit]

Aizoaceae
Amaranthaceae
Amaryllidaceae
Anacardiaceae
Apiaceae
Apocynaceae
Aponogetonaceae
Araceae
Asparagaceae
Asphodelaceae
Asteraceae
Brassicaceae
Campanulaceae
Caryophyllaceae
Celastraceae
Ceratophyllaceae
Chenopodiaceae
Colchicaceae
Convolvulaceae
Crassulaceae
Cucurbitaceae
Cyperaceae
Ebenaceae
Ericaceae
Euphorbiaceae
Fabaceae
Frankeniaceae
Fumariaceae
Gentianaceae
Geraniaceae
Haemodoraceae
Hyacinthaceae
Hypoxidaceae
Iridaceae
Juncaceae
Juncaginaceae
Lamiaceae
Lauraceae
Lemnaceae
Lobeliaceae
Malvaceae
Melianthaceae
Menispermaceae
Mesembryanthemaceae
Molluginaceae
Myoporaceae
Myricaceae
Neuradaceae
Oleaceae
Onagraceae
Orchidaceae
Orobanchaceae
Oxalidaceae
Plantaginaceae
Plumbaginaceae
Poaceae
Polygalaceae
Polygonaceae
Potamogetonaceae
Proteaceae
Ranunculaceae
Restionaceae
Rhamnaceae
Rosaceae
Rubiaceae
Ruppiaceae
Rutaceae
Sapotaceae
Scrophulariaceae
Solanaceae
Sterculiaceae
Tecophilaeaceae
Thymelaeaceae
Typhaceae
Viscaceae
Zygophyllaceae

Introduced[edit]

Agavaceae
Anacardiaceae
Araceae
Asteraceae
Azollaceae
Boraginaceae
Cactaceae
Commelinaceae
Fabaceae
Haloragaceae
Lythraceae
Malvaceae
Moraceae
Myoporaceae
Myrtaceae
Poaceae
Pontederiaceae

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nature reserves
  2. ^ Table Bay Nature Reserve Draft Integrated Reserve Management Plan