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Paarl Bird Sanctuary.

This is a working partnership with the Drakenstein Municipality and the Cape Bird Club.


Monthly bird counts take place, usually on the last Saturday morning in the month.
Anyone interested in helping can contact Yvonne Weiss at 021 872 4972 for details of starting time and meeting place.

Setting the scene and a bit of history.
The Paarl Bird Sanctuary, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Du Toit’s Kloof mountains and Paarl Rock, is one of South Africa’s best birding sites for waterfowl. It forms an integral part of the Drakenstein Waste Water Treatment Works, covering some 41ha and with five large areas of open water which are the maturation or back-up ponds. The sanctuary was the fulfilment of the ambition of Paarl’s Municipal Engineering Department and some enthusiastic birders and was officially recognised by the then Town Council in 1993.

Special sightings.
Recent years have produced some special birds such as Squacco Heron, Goliath Heron, African Jacana and Fulvous Ducks. Others, such as Hottentot Teal, White-faced Ducks and Black Ducks are fairly regularly seen, as well as African Snipe. Hundreds of Greater Flamingos are to be seen on Pan E and the African Fish Eagle is often seen flying and heard calling overhead.

Gate hours and contacts.
Entrance to the sanctuary is free of charge, but all visitors must sign the book at the gate.

Gate hours are from 07h30 to 16h00 daily please note that on weekdays access is limited to the works area only (i.e. pans E2 and E3).

At weekends the bird sanctuary is open and security officials are on duty in the area. Please stay in your car and do not wander around if you are alone. Take a security official with you, then you can concentrate on your birding.
Visitors should exercise the same reasonable caution as is necessary in any public space these days.

The information is supplied by Jo Hobbs.

The Paarl Bird Sanctuary.

We do regular monthly counts as a group as well as bi-annual CWAC (Co-ordinated Waterfowl Annual Census) counts.
Why not join us and see what it is all about?