South Africa, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi
a member of the African Bird Atlas Project
Coverage summary: Amathola-Katberg Mountain IBA Subproject
Amathola-Katberg Mountain Subproject
The Amathola-Katberg Mountain Important Bird Area is the largest in the Eastern Cape and stretches from King William's Town and Stutterheim in the east, to the Katberg Mountains in the west, and it contains tall mountains, thick forests, grasslands, and scrubland.
Many incredible bird species are found in this region: Cape Parrots, Grey Crowned Cranes, Crowned Eagles and Bush Blackcap, to name but a few!
Lots of work is needed to understand the extent of current threats facing this ecosystem. The area is a mixed-use area, with logging, farming, ecotourism and hunting taking place. But regulation is poor. Help us better understand which areas the birds are using, and when, in order to ensure appropriate protection.
Further reading: https://www.birdlife.org.za/iba-directory/amatola-katberg-mountain/
This subproject is championed by Cassie Carstens (Research Manager for the Cape Parrot Project). Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This data can be uploaded/linked directly into any GIS software
which supports geoJSON protocols, such as QGIS. More information
on geoJSON can be found at http://geojson.org.
Add a geoJSON Vector layer to you project, pointing to the
following link: https://api.birdmap.africa/sabap2/v2/coverage/group/AmatKatMtnIBA?format=geoJSON
Please note that geoJSON files are mostly used by users of GIS
software who want to do further analyses. For most users the
coverage maps on the website will be sufficient, for example you
can zoom in to see the specific pentad information. However, if
you want to analyse the data in more detail follow these steps.
First install a GIS programme such as QGIS (it
is free). You will then have to download the species's geoJSON
file under the species maps in the Downloads tab (for example
https://api.birdmap.africa/sabap2/v2/coverage/group/AmatKatMtnIBA?format=geoJSON for this maps data). The following short tutorial will then explain
to you how to load the map into QGIS using the URL of the geoJSON
page - Click here
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