Overberg – De Mond Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The gravel road leading to the reserve travels through low-lying agricultural areas where species such as Stanley’s Bustard, Blue Crane and Secretarybird and the endemic Agulhas Long-billed Lark are often observed. During wet periods, these low-lying areas become flooded forming pans attracting a myriad of waterbirds. Be sure therefore to plan for stoppages en route to and from the reserve.
About the Birding Site
The De Mond Nature Reserve is situated about 23 km from Bredasdorp on the coast between the towns of Arniston and Struisbaai. The most notable feature is the Heuningnes River estuary that bisects the reserve. The associated salt marsh vegetation and floodplain/mudflats provide foraging areas for many migratory waders and roost sites for coastal birds, most notably gulls and terns.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Up to date information regarding admission costs as well as a downloadable brochure and public map can be found on the CapeNature website https://www.capenature.co.za/. The reserve is accessed by following the R316 from Bredasdorp to Arniston. About 9km outside Bredasdorp turn right onto a signposted gravel road which leads to the Reserve entrance gate (GPS coordinates 34 42’ 36.8”S and 20 06’ 17.4”E).