Kosi Bay

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Kosi Bay

  • Country: 
    South Africa
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    10,982 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    27°01'S 32°49'E
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Kosi Bay. 28/06/91; Kwazulu/Natal; 10,982 ha; 27°01'S 032°48'E. Nature Reserve. Composed of four interconnected lakes subject to tidal influence, an estuarine channel, and three extensive swamps. Fresh water is derived from three permanent rivers. Principal habitats include swamp and mangrove forest, reedbeds, dune systems with associated woodland, and coastal grassland. The site supports a diverse bottom-dwelling invertebrate fauna (30 species) and a rich fish fauna, including eight endangered species. Several birds, mammals, butterflies, and plants are endemic, threatened or endangered. Large areas of swamp forest have been subjected to non-sustainable slash and burn cultivation practices. Human activities include subsistence farming and fishing. Ramsar site no. 527. Most recent RIS information: 1988.

Administrative region: 
Kwazulu Natal

  • Global international designation: 
    • World Heritage site
  • National legal designation: 
    • nature reserve
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