Welcome to BirdLife Eastern Cape

Welcome to BirdLife Eastern Cape

We promote the enjoyment, understanding, study and conservation of birds and their habitats within the Eastern Cape.
Discover Local Bird Species

BirdLife Eastern Cape is a voluntary organisation that exists to stimulate interest in birds; in the knowledge of birds and their place in nature; and to assist in the protection of birds.

We are situated in Port Elizabeth however our club activities extend across the Eastern Cape, particularly within the Karoo and Noorsveld region.

The Eastern Cape is the second biggest province and covers every biome found in South Africa – Fynbos, Coastal thicket, Forest, Succulent thicket, Savannah, semi-desert (Karoo and Noorsveld), grasslands. The Eastern Cape is therefore home to hundreds of different bird species, making it the ideal destination for keen birders and birdwatching enthusiasts. This includes distinguished local birdwatching spots such as Settlers Park and Tankatara situated in the Port Elizabeth area. For the travellers and more adventurous birders, there are various roadside birding spots between Port Alfred and St Francis, as well as in the nearby Karoo area, where a variety of bird species can be seen.

Well over 500 species, residents and migrants have been recorded to date and some are iconic species. Cape Recife is one of the few sites on the mainland in the world where Roseate Tern can be seen year-round. Not to be forgotten are the fynbos endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird, Victorins and Knysna Warblers.

Browse through our website to learn more about each local birding spot and bird species.


Through the club's monthly e-newsletters and bi-annual magazine, the Bee-Eater, we aim to stimulate continued interest in birds and their habitats.
Birding Spots
Looking for some great birding spots in the Eastern Cape? Search no more. BirdLife Eastern Cape has compiled a selection of the best local and roadside birding spots in the province.
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The club focuses on keeping birders abreast with planned outings. Outings focus on day outings as well as birding weekends and bird monitoring opportunities.
Tony Dechant Memorial Award
Tony Dechant left an indelible mark on the Eastern Cape’s ornithological industry. This award is his living memorial, awarded to club members who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Get Involved

Our club members enjoy numerous activities in the company of likeminded people as well as opportunities to assist in exciting projects and access exclusive discounts.
Our Blogs
Our blogs help contribute to the body of knowledge and interest in birds.
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