Our Mission
To enhance our knowledge of all birds, their behaviour and their habitats, and to introduce the public to the conservation and science of our avian heritage through enjoyable participation by club members.

The Tygerberg Bird was originally started in 1986 as a splinter club to the Cape Bird Club (CBC) and specifically aimed at residents of the Northern Suburbs. For the first 21 years the club was run as an independent hobby club with an affiliate membership of Birdlife South Africa. In November 2007 the club became a full member of Birdlife South Africa, adding its voice and input to the conservation of Birdlife and the environmental matters headed up by Birdlife International, thereby growing the international organisation's membership numbers and adding a bigger voice to fund raising efforts for the numerous conservation projects run, not only in South Africa, but worldwide.

Monthly meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month (see program). The meetings are held at the TYGERBERG NATURE RESERVE, Totius Street, Welgemoed – starting at 19h30.


Members of this vibrant and friendly club can enjoy the following:

1. Monthly illustrated presentations about our birds and their environment

2. Wednesday and Saturday excursions to find and identify special birds

3. Group camps at birding hot-spots

4. Courses on bird identification

5. Counting water birds at wetlands

6. Survey areas for the Bird Atlas project

7. Meeting and befriending fellow birders and experts




A BIG welcome to the new Members’ who have joined the TBC this year. We hope you come and enjoy the lovely outings with us, as well as the ZOOM meetings every month. Unfortunately due to the restrictions on numbers up at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, we have not been able to go back and host meetings in the hall. Please watch the website, should this change.


Thank you to the Speakers these past few months. The TBC have enjoyed travel talks of bird trips to Tembe and KZN, Namibia and Kruger Park. Armchair travel at its best!! It was also great to get feedback from Odette Curtis-Scott, of the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust of the wonderful work accomplished there over the past 10 years. With funds donated by the TBC four black harriers had trackers placed on them. Important information has been gained, on where these birds travel too after breeding in the Overberg. The first mortality of a black harrier at a wind turbine – spells more trouble for these highly threatened birds.


Outings have been well attended, and some really wonderful birds have been seen, and a good mix of habitats visited. Thank you to all who have led these outings. A successful camp was held in March to Velddrif. A boat trip up the Berg River being a highlight. This really is a good birding destination, and really worthwhile to visit. See website for details.


The TBC Ringing unit has been doing valuable work for the past 30 years. Well done to all involved, and all the hours of hard work and dedication by you all. A big shout out must also go to the five teams, who take part in the quarterly CWAC counts at Bot River Lagoon. This is a BIG team effort, and adds to the wonderful data that has been collected for the past 28 years. Thank you to all.


Brigid Crewe