Grahamstown and surrounds – Mayfield Flats
About the Birding
The Mayfield route provides the birder access to large waterbodies and arid grassland and shrubland within easy reach of Grahamstown. A morning visit is recommended.
Starting at Tollrope Street, continue North from Grahamstown passing the Grahamstown electronics store at -33.2873, 26.5298. At -33.2771, 26.5409, keep left passing around the cemetery and heading in the direction of the Makhanda Aerodrome. Grassland here supports both the Eastern and Cape Clapper Larks – affording the avid birder the opportunity to compare the subtle differences between the two species. Spike-heeled and Rufous-naped Larks are similarly present.
About the Birding Site
The small settler town of Grahamstown, located just 130Km from Port Elizabeth and 158km from East London, has an incredibly rich cultural history and is primely situated at the ecotone between several key habitats in the Eastern Cape. The town itself serves as a fantastic base from which to access forest, grassland, karoo, and thicket habitats and well over 400 species have been recorded from the area.
Other Related Information
Mayfield is a public commonage run by the Makhana Municipality and Makana Brick. Access to Mayfield Dam is only by prior arrangement with Makana Brick. Contact Henk 079 887 4485 in advance of your visit to arrange access. As one passes through an informal settlement to reach the commonage, it is best to remain alert at all times; however, no known safety incidents have occurred.