The Cape Bird Club

Background information.

This is a working partnership between the City of Cape Town and the Cape Bird Club.

Contact the Conservation Manager Erica Essig  office 021 396 4281.

Emergency phone number - 083 499 1717.


The Cape Bird Club was left a bequest by Julie te Groen to enhance the biodiversity of the environment at Strandfontein. This bequest is administered by a committee of members from the Club.

  • In July 2012 - Erica Essig was appointed to manage Strandfontein.

  • In December 2008 - Victoria Day was appointed to manage Strandfontein. Victoria was transferred to Tygerberg Nature Reserve at the begining of 2012.

  • In October 2007 - Eben Olderwagen was appointed to manage Strandfontein. Eben resigned in November 2008.
    See the
    short introduction to Eben.

  • In April 2007 - Johan Coetzer was appointed as the Student Conservation Officer assisting with the management at Strandfontein. He was based at Rondevlei and Zeekoevlei from December 2006. This is Johans practical year of his National Diploma in Nature Conservation.
    See a
    short introduction to Johan.

  • In January 2006 - Morne Carstens was appointed the Conservation Manager at Strandfontein. Morne resigned in August 2007.

  • In January 2004 - Jeremy Keyser a qualified Nature Conservation Manager was appointed to undertake the brief of the bequest. Jeremy resigned at the end of January 2005. 

  • In 2003 -  Linden Rhoder was given a short contract. He did an excellent job of clearing the exotic vegetation which had grown up along some of the roads around the pans. He has been appointed to the nearby Wolfgat Nature Reserve.

The Cape Bird Club has been active at Strandfontein for more than 50 years monitoring and recording bird species and numbers on a regular basis. Strandfontein is recognised a prime birding destination in Southern Africa.

To date 200 bird species have been recorded, 11 of these are Red Data Species.
It is a very important site for for the breeding of Caspian Terns as well as for Greater Flamingo, Cape Cormorant, terns and ducks.
The mudflats and shorelines are of importance for the breeding, foraging and roosting of resident and migratory waders.


photograph by Morne Carstens

S3 pan island in April 2006.

                                                                                                

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