Tshwane and Environs – Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Birding the reserve can be deceivingly fruitful and one can do so through the network of footpaths which can be easily followed. There is also a steep concrete path that can be taken to the top of the mountain which then descends through a wooded area on the eastern side. Specials that can be found in the reserve include African Black Duck, European Nightjar (occasionally), European Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Brown-backed Honeybird, various swallows and swifts, Marsh Warbler, Cape Grassbird, Crimson-breasted Shrike, and both Cape and Village Weaver.
About the Birding Site
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is a small 128ha nature reserve situated within the city limits of Pretoria. The reserve’s vegetation is a transition zone between Bankenveld (grassland), sour mixed bushveld and sour bushveld (Acacia veldt). The perennial Moreleta Spruit flows at the foot of the Bronberg Mountains and a large part of the reserve lies within the flood plain of this spruit and is mainly covered in grassland.
Other Related Information
Take the R21 from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Pretoria and turn off onto the N1-North to Polokwane shortly before you reach Pretoria and then the Lynnwood/WNNR off-ramp Turn right at the traffic light, cross over the freeway and follow the road for ± 3km. Turn right at the (5th) traffic light onto the M33 (General Louis Botha Drive). ± 1km further there is a sign indicating the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve/Plumbago Tea Garden on your left. It takes approximately an hour from O.R. Tambo International Airport.