Free State (North) – Koppies Dam Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Koppies Dam itself provides suitable habitat for a number of different waterbird species, including Goliath Heron, White-breasted Cormorant and Reed Cormorant, African Darter, various herons, Glossy Ibis, African Spoonbill, White-faced Whistling Duck, South African Shelduck, African Black Duck, Cape Teal, Cape Shoveler and occasional Knob-billed Duck. Blue Korhaan and Secretarybird can be found in the grasslands, which should also produce various Larks, Pipits and Cisticolas.
About the Birding Site
Situated in the highveld region of the northern Free State, this 3400 hectare reserve comprises mainly mixed grassland with dense acacia thickets, together with willow trees along the Renoster River. The reserve boasts a checklist of about 250 bird species, approximately 160 of which are common or regularly seen.
Other Related Information
The town of Koppies is situated 55km north of Kroonstad, and access is from the N1. Koppies Dam Nature Reserve is located 16km east of Koppies: -27.249668, 27.669989
Access and facilities:
Camping facilities are provided, and an entry fee is payable. There are no shops and visitors must bring their own provisions. Facilities are unfortunately rather run down so perhaps best to visit on a day trip only.