Bayhead Natural Heritage Site

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Bayhead Natural Heritage Site
LocationDurban, South Africa
Coordinates29°53′18″S 31°00′42″E / 29.8883699°S 31.0117234°E / -29.8883699; 31.0117234Coordinates: 29°53′18″S 31°00′42″E / 29.8883699°S 31.0117234°E / -29.8883699; 31.0117234
Area8.4 ha (21 acres)
Governing bodyTransnet National Ports Authority

Bayhead Natural Heritage Site is a 20ha nature reserve of mangrove forest and coastal grassland within the industrial area of Durban Bay, South Africa. [1] The reserve is a remnant of what was once the largest mangrove swamp in the province.[2][3]

A number of birds can be found in the reserve, up to 120 different aquatic birds have been recorded.[4] As in the nearby Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve, various crabs can also be found.[3] There is a boardwalk and public information centre on site.

In March 2015, a vegetable oil spill from a refinery in the area caused a number of mangrove trees to die.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bayhead Natural Heritage Site | Open Green Map". www.opengreenmap.org. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "TRANSNET RE-LAUNCH EVENT OF THE BAYHEAD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Retief, Ernst. "Welcome to BirdLife South Africa - Durban and Surrounds". Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Bayhead Natural Heritage Site". www.sa-venues.com. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Durban Silt Canal free of oil | Department of Environmental Affairs". www.environment.gov.za. Retrieved 14 October 2016.