Birds in Fernkloof, Hermanus

Although not as rich in bird-life as some areas in South Africa, almost 100 bird species have been recorded in Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Species most likely to be seen include the Cape Sugar Bird, Sunbirds, Rock Thrush and Rock Jumper. Raptors include the Jackal Buzzard and a pair of Verreaux's Eagles, the latter feeding mainly on dassies.

Hikers and coastal walkers, making use of the many trails through the Reserve, will pass through a number of habitat types. The woodland, fynbos, riverine scrub, mountain slopes and coastal regions are inhabited by many different species of birds.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve is the headquarters of the Hermanus Bird Club which has been going strong since 1997. The members monitor the birdlife by means of regular walks and an ongoing ringing programme.

The club meets in the Fernkloof Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, when a variety of bird-related activities take place - presentations, discussions, quizzes, and slideshows.

Other club activities include a walk on the first Thursday morning of every month (often in Fernkloof, or otherwise in other local birding spots), birding competitions, regular day trips and overnight outings to birding areas slightly further away.

Visitors are most welcome to join these meetings and the regular walks.

A checklist of birds and photos of birds of Fernkloof Nature Reserve and the Overberg region can be found on the Hermanus Bird Club website