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Some of our Conservation Committee



To follow our projects read the Meeting Minutes for an idea of the current issues we deal with.

  • We promote working relationships with the management of the various sewerage works throughout the Metropole as we have recognised the importance of these facilities as valuable bird areas with little to no data collection available yet.  These are the following areas identified;
  • We need your help with the following Conservation projects; Here’s a chance to be involved and make a real difference to local bird conservation.
  • Borcherds Quarry Sewerage Works.
    looking for counters and/or coordinator for quarterly CWAC counts; birders from the Bellville / Tygerberg areas.
    Contact: Dave Whitelaw –
  • Phillippi Horticultural Area.
    looking for additional CWAC counters to help count on a monthly basis when the area is flooded. Contact Simon Fogarty –
  • Mitchell’s Plain Sewage Works.
    looking for counters and/or coordinator for quarterly CWAC counts; birders from the Muizenberg / Lakeside area would be ideally suited to this.
    Contact Simon Fogarty –
  • Athlone Sewage Works.
    looking for counters and/or coordinator for monthly CWAC (waterbird) counts; birders from the Pinelands/Rondebosch area would be ideally suited to this.
    Contact: Dick Bos –
Conservation Committee Social Jan 2016
  • Our active Conservation Committee since 1988,  meet every 6 weeks and are involved at all levels of habitat conservation.
  • We sit on Advisory Committees to 3  City of Cape Town Nature Reserves – False Bay, Zandvlei and Rietvlei.
  • We work with Local and Provincial Government,
  • We are involved via the information media when required,
  • We network with other conservation role players,
  • and co-ordinate a range of conservation activities and much more.
  • Over the years we have helped fund many conservation initiatives.
  • We present the Frank Wygold Award to exceptional students to help motivate and recognise the individual’s conservation efforts.
cbc-bird ringing die ogg 13 june 2012

Citizen Science.

Bird Ringing, Bird Counts & SABAP2
  • We support and assist the registered bird ringers on their bird ringing expeditions.
  • We also participate in regular formal and informal bird counts such as SABAP2, CWAC, BIRP, MyBirdPatch, CAR.
lzanne Burger from CTEET with many potential answers to the quiz.


Teaching and promoting conservation to the current and next generation

We are directly and indirectly involved with education at the;



Environmental Impact Assessments and Recommendations.
  • We work with various Local and Provincial Government, Planning, Engineering and Management authorities and officials providing comment and input for Environmental Impact Assessments.

Strandfontein’s RAMSAR Certification.


City of Cape Town and Cape Bird Club working partnership

Annually on the 2 February marks the celebration of World Wetlands Day, the date of signing of the RAMSAR Convention for Wetlands in 1971. The RAMSAR Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The City of Cape Town’s False Bay Nature Reserve became the first reserve within the City’s boundaries to secure this designation as a RAMSAR site on 2 February 2015.

  • Without the fore sight in 1983 of our dedicated CBC members who recognised this area to be a valuable bird area and still continue with their efforts to record the bird counts on a monthly basis at this site. These data contributed largely to the Management Plan for the site which is one of the requirements for the certification.
  • This illustrates the benefits of working relationships with various organisations and with the land owners.

Thank you to everyone involved for your efforts, you made this happen!



  • We’d love you to get involved in one of our many initiatives.

  • You can just come along to see what we do or get involved in a more permanent capacity.

  • If conservation is an interest of yours or you just want to help casually get in touch.