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.

Birds frequenting the acacia thickets include Ashy Tit, African Red-eyed Bulbul, White-backed Mousebird and Red-faced Mousebird, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler (Warbler), Black-chested Prinia and Bokmakierie.

Key species:

Bokmakierie, African Red-eyed Bulbul, White-backed Mousebird, South African Shelduck, Blue Korhaan, Ashy Tit, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Black-chested Prinia, Secretarybird and Cloud Cisticola

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.

Key species:

Bokmakierie, African Red-eyed Bulbul, White-backed Mousebird, South African Shelduck, Blue Korhaan, Ashy Tit, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Black-chested Prinia, Secretarybird and Cloud Cisticola

Other Related Information

Directions:
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.

Other related information:

Recommended accommodation nearby:
No BirdLife Recommended Accommodations are currently available in the area.

Local guide information:
No BirdLife Recommended Tour Operators or local guides are currently available in the area.

Text prepared by:
Rick Nuttall
Martin Benadie | Specialist Birding Guide

Key species:

Bokmakierie, African Red-eyed Bulbul, White-backed Mousebird, South African Shelduck, Blue Korhaan, Ashy Tit, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Black-chested Prinia, Secretarybird and Cloud Cisticola

Contact details:

Koppies Dam Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)56 777 2034

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