Zandvlei Trust

My Bird Patch at Zandvlei is a Citizen Science Programme.

This a working partnership with Zandvlei Trust, the ADU, Cape Bird Club and 
the City of Cape Town.

Click on the logo to go to the website.

Read the July 2016 feedback report for the SABAP2 Project from the Animal Demographic Unit (ADU).
                                                                                                        updated 30/07/2016.

                   The designated Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve MyBirdPatch areas. 

  • You may adopt one of these areas or 
  • make you own boundary of your patch. 
  • You can make your patch within one of these boundaries.

What is MyBirdPatch
MyBirdPatch is a web-based platform for birders and citizen scientists to collect and curate their bird lists, for any area they define.

Who can use it
Any birders, or citizen scientist, who wants to contibute their lists to the growing knowledgebase of bird distribution and counts in Africa.

Why do we do it
To monitor the distribution changes over time, and attempt to track hotspots of bird populations in Africa over time.
An objective is to monitor the distribution and movement of birds from the Peninsula mountain range through neighbouring Nature Reserves and then across the Cape Flats areas to the Helderberg mountain range, and within any part of this area.

How to start:

  • Decide on a patch.
  • Make a list of birds in the order that you observe them in your patch - but a simple tick list of species will also be fine.
  • Make a note of the start time and how long you spend observing. There is no minimum or maximum time but as patches are small anything from 10 mins to a few hours is OK.
  • Make notes of the weather and /or any disturbance factors which you think may have an impact on the survey.
  • You only need to record the species once (presence /absence). A list can be made throughout the day and any new species recorded during the day can be added to the list.
  • Lists should be compiled over a one-day period, and can be repeated once a week, and /or once a month, depending on your schedule.
  • Repeated visits should, where possible, be done in the same way and in the same amount of time. The golden rule is to be consistent.
  • You can also take photos of any interesting species you may find, and /or of your patch, as these can be uploaded later when you capture and submit your card on-line.

Registration and passwords

To capture and submit your lists, view your cards, you need to login to the website.
If you are already a registered ADU participant (with an ADU number), you just need to apply for a password.

To do this:

  • Go to the website 
  • Click on 'Register'.
  • Under 'Existing ADU observers and resetting a password' type in your email address, tab to the next field. Your ADU number should automatically appear in the box.
  • Click on the 'Apply for password' button.
  • A temporary password will be emailed to you.
  • Once you receive the password, go back to the website and click on 'Login' (top right of screen).
  • Type in your email address, and the password (your ADU number will automatically be filled in) and click on 'Remember me' (this will save your email address should you logout and then come back to the website later).
  • Then click on 'Login'.
  • The 'Add a new survey' and 'My cards' menu options will now appear.
  • Click on the 'Add a new survey' link to define a new patch and add your list.


photographs by Greg Morgan.

Pied Avocet.                            Caspian Tern.                                     White backed Duck.


For more information go to the website 

If you have any queries please contact Les Underhill - 021 650 3227 or 072 062 1140.

Also contact Gavin Lawson  if you have any other questions.


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