South-eastern Wetlands and Grasslands – Korsman Conservancy and Bird Sanctuary
About the Birding
Water levels fluctuate and this can change the dynamics of the Sanctuary with low water levels exposing large areas of mud to attract waders at the right time of year. Regular visitors include Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo and Great Crested Grebe whilst Goliath Heron, Little Bittern and African Purple Swamphen is resident. Water birds include large numbers of Red-knobbed Coot, Little Grebe, and Yellow-billed Duck with visits by Southern Pochard, Red-billed Teal and Blue-billed Teal.
About the Birding Site
Korsman Conservancy and Bird Sanctuary is approximately 45 ha in extent, and comprises a large dam bordered by margins of grassland and reedbeds and dotted with a number of reedbed islands. The Sanctuary is completely enclosed but can be safely overlooked from the 2.5 kilometers of road that circle the site and from the five raised viewing berms accessed from the road. Despite its urban location the birdlife is prolific and large numbers of Grey Heron, Black-headed Heron, African Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis and Goliath Heron breed in the reedbeds.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Korsman Bird Sanctuary is maintained and overseen by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Korsman Conservancy association. Access is from public roads along the perimeter of the pan and the Sanctuary can therefore be viewed at any time. There are no entrance fees needing to be paid and security is considered reasonably safe. A paved walkway runs around two-thirds of the Sanctuary and three of the viewing berms have wheelchair paths. There are no ablution facilities available on site.
One can contact the Conservancy through the online form on their official website by visiting www.korsmanconservancy.com