Durban and surrounds – Ferncliffe Forest
About the Birding
Ferncliffe Forest is a small patch of degraded mistbelt forest overlooking Pietermaritzburg – the remnant of what was previously known as Town Bush. Despite its degraded nature, several notable forest species still persist implying that a morning’s birding at this site is still a worthwhile exercise. Several hours of birding should produce around 40 species in the winter months, and 60 species in the summer months.
About the Birding Site
The eThekwini Metropolitan Area (Durban) is a major harbour city situated on the east coast of South Africa. It serves as the most accessible port of entry into the KwaZulu-Natal province with daily flights to all other major cities in South Africa, and further afield (e.g. Mauritius, Dubai). The city and surrounding towns are popular among holidaymakers, given the sub-tropical climate and extensive beaches along the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the city falls within a global biodiversity hotspot – the Maputaland-Pondolona-Albany (MPA) Hotspot.
Other Related Information
Follow Town Bush Road past Grey’s Hospital until it forks. Take the right-hand fork until a picnic area is reached. Trails begin from here and cover the entire area.
Notable points of interest include the:
Town Bush Road picnic site: -29.5610, 30.3259
Allerton Swamp: -29.5721, 30.3524