Greater Plettenberg Bay – Sewage Treatment Plant

About the Birding

Sign in at the entrance gate and proceed into the property. The grassy area at the entrance can produce Cape Canaries and Cape Longclaw. Kelp Gull, Cape Shoveler, Red-billed and Cape Teals are fairly common on the settling ponds as are Little Grebe, Common Moorhen and Black-winged Stilts. Look out for Common Sandpiper and Three-banded Plover on the pipes and water’s edge.

Black Crake and Little Rush Warbler are in the reeds at the upper Dam. Amethyst, Southern and Greater Double-collard and Grey Sunbirds, Olive Bush-shrike as Sombre Greenbul can be found on the forest fringe.

Key species:

Knysna Warbler, Victorin’s Warbler, Knysna Turaco, Knysna Woodpecker, African Rail, Red-chested Flufftail, Glossy Ibis, Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Karoo Prinia

About the Birding Site

A handful of micro habitats offer a variety of different birds at this site. Open, grassy areas, patches of thicket, and the sewage works itself hold several different birds. The positioning of this site – right in the center of Plettenberg Bay – makes this site ideal for a quick birding getaway while on holiday.

Indigenous forest, fynbos, coastal rocky cliffs, urban gardens, wetlands, grasslands, and estuary ensures a wide range of habitat around this beautiful birding area between Knysna and Tsitsikamma.

Other Related Information

Sewage Treatment Plant , behind Old Nick Village: (-34.0359, 23.3710)

Recommended accommodation nearby:
There is a wide range of accommodation available in the Greater Plettenberg Bay area.

Other related information:

Local guide information:
No BirdLife South Africa recognised Birder Friendly tour operators in the area.
Ian Pletzer
Cell: +27 (0)83 357 5267

Text prepared by:
Ian Pletzer, BirdwatchPlett & Outeniqua Birding

Key species:

Olive Bushshrike, Greater-double Collared Sunbird, Grey Sunbird, Cape Longclaw, Black Crake, Cape Teal, Common Sandpiper

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