Glencairn Wetland

Glencairn Wetland is located between the Glencairn Expressway (M6), Simon’s Town Road (M4), Glen Road and Gordon’s Camp, and is easily reached from Glencairn Station. The Else River runs through the site, and transforms into a wetland as it approaches the sea. Footpaths in the shape of the number 8 take hikers around the site, and the hour-and-a-bit-long hike leads to Glencairn Beach and the ascent of Elsie’s Peak.

The Glencairn Education and Environment Support Enthusiasts (GEESE) manage the site together with the City of Cape Town. Improvements to the site take place regularly, the most recent being the laying of stepping stones across the causeway, the construction of benches, and the development of a new pathway.

Owners are most welcome to bring their dogs along, provided they clean up after their animals, and prevent them from chasing the birds or entering the water. Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) can be found in both the top and bottom pans, which provide excellent training ground for would-be young fishermen. Schools and clubs frequently visit the site on exploratory and educational outings.

Glencairn Wetland is home to several bird species, many of which return each year to breed. Evidence of otter, porcupine and mongoose is frequently recorded, although the nocturnal animals themselves are rarely spotted.

Members of GEESE strive to keep the wetland free of litter, and several municipal litter bins are
provided for visitors’ convenience.

ADDRESS: Glen Road, Glencairn
OPENING HOURS: 24 hours
SIZE: 20 ha
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus or train
ACTIVITIES: Walking, birdwatching, guided hikes
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: School programmes; booking is essential. (Contact Rob Erasmus on enviro@absamail.co.za)
FRIENDS GROUP: Glencairn Education & Environment Support Enthusiasts (GEESE)
CONTACT: City Parks Tel 021 701 1233 & GEESE tel 021 782 6400; fax 021 782 5016
E-MAIL: cilla@bromley.co.za (GEESE)
WEBSITE: www.geeseglencairn.org

 

Source: City of Cape Town (2010) City of Cape Town nature reserves: A network of amazing biodiversity. City of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

 
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