Walvis Bay

The new sewage settling ponds in the dunes to the east of Walvis Bay (not part of the Ramsar site).
Counting birds at the new sewage settling ponds.
Flamingos and other waders at the new sewage settling ponds with the town of Walvis Bay in the background.
Flamingos and waders in the Walvis Bay lagoon.
The Walvis Bay salt works are within the Ramsar site.
 "Bird Paradise" sewage settling ponds (not part of the Ramsar site).  These have since been drained because of an alleged mosquito problem.
View across the Walvis Bay lagoon, looking west.

Walvis Bay

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    12,600 ha
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    23°00'S 14°27'E
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Walvis Bay. 23/08/95; 12,600 ha; 23°00'S 014°27'E. Nature Reserve. A tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, Pelican Point, mudflats exposed at low tide, and sandbars serving as roosting sites. The site supports varying numbers of wetland birds (37,000 to 79,000 individuals); some species such as flamingos occur in impressive numbers. Eleven endangered bird species are regularly observed. Human activities consist of recreation and salt production. Residential development exists along the lagoon, and natural siltation may eventually lead to the infilling. Ramsar site no. 742. Most recent RIS information: 1995.

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Erongo Region

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