Rocherpan Nature Reserve

A small reserve due west of the town of Picketberg on the West Coast of South Africa, Rocherpan (just 914 hectares) owes its existence to the farmer Pierre Rocher. In 1839, he closed off the mouth of the Papkuils River, inadvertently creating a huge pan that today is host to numerous water bird species. The reserve itself was proclaimed in 1967, while the marine protected area was created in 1988, and extends 500 metres seawards from the highwater mark, providing critical conservation for species like Black Oystercatcher.