Cape Bird Club
This is a working partnership
between the City of Cape Town and the Cape Bird Club.
Contact the Conservation
Manager - Erica
office 021 396 4281.
Emergency phone number - 083
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
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
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.
date 200 bird species have been recorded,
11 of these are
Red Data Species.
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.