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Bird Watching

Here at The Gunjur Project we have spacious gardens which are visited by large numbers of bird species throughout the day. We have bird watering stations that are excellent to sit and observe. Many visitors to the project often compliement the bird watching around the gardens.

The Gambia’s wildlife and bio-diversity make the country an ideal destination for tourists who are interested in the natural environment. Here at The Gunjur Project we have the protection and development of the environment close to our hearts. We work closely with local environmental groups to help support and develop a tourism that enhances the local habitat. We have supported many projects throughout our time in Gunjur. With the help of friends from Holland and UK we supported the build of a visitors centre over at Bolong Fenyo. We have Sponsored GEPADG rangers to undertake research, surveying, and data collecting. We have plans to undertake more environmental based projects throughout 2014 and into 2015. We are always looking for visitors and volunteers to get involved and enjoy hands on experience.

The key area for our environment work is Bolong Fenyo Community Nature Reserve and we work closely with the custodians of the reserve - GEPADG (Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group). The reserve is 320 hectares and has been a protected area since 1998. Bolong Fenyo boasts various habitats which make for a more interesting visit and is just a 400 metres walk from our lodge. Habitats include bush, forest, open savannah, fresh water bolong, and brackish water bolong. The reserve nestles on the Atlantic coastline with sand dunes.

Bird species are abundant and the various habitats give you the opportunity to tick the boxes of species you wish to observe. In the last reserve survey conducted with collaboration from GEPADG, total bird species recorded over a four month period was 156. This included native and migratory species. The reserve is home to a growing population of crocodiles, Nile monitor lizards, various snakes, Patas monkey, bushbuck antelope, and the beautiful insect world that is all around us. For the novice birdwatcher the reserve is a great place to gain more experience and knowledge of ornithology.

For the more experienced birdwatcher Bolong Fenyo is a fantastic area to start to tick your lifer lists. We can arrange for more in depth excursions of the reserve and the surrounding areas. You can walk for 30 minutes or for most of the day – it depends on what you want!

Below is a sample list of some of the wonderful bird species we have observed walking around the Bolong. The list starts with some of the common birds observed at the water’s edge Bolong Fenyo and then proceeds further into the reserve.

  • Grey Heron
  • Black Headed Heron
  • Western Reef Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Goliath Heron
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Little Egret
  • African Darter
  • Long tail Cormorant
  • Hamerkop
  • Pink-Backed Pelican Little Bittern
  • Yellow-Billed Stork
  • African Spoonbill
  • White Faced Whistling Duck
  • Black Crake
  • Pied Kingfisher

Below is a sample list of species to be found it changes as you explore the other habitats within the reserve. You can expect to see a lot more of species the further you go into the reserve. The list is not comprehensive but gives an idea of what great bird watching there is over at our Bolong Fenyo Community Nature Reserve

  • Woodland Kingfisher
  • African Pigmy Kingfisher
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Blue-Bellied Roller
  • Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater
  • Rose-Ringed Parakeet
  • Brown-Necked Parrot
  • Senegal Parrot
  • Violet Turaco
  • Great Western Plantain-Eater
  • Bearded Barbet
  • Red-Billed Hornbill
  • African Pied Hornbill
  • Piping Hornbill (more frequent during the dry season)
  • Various Woodpeckers and Creepers.
  • Various Birds of prey

Only a 15 minute drive from The Gunjur Project Lodge is the border to southern Senegal, the Casamance Region. Separating the two countries is the Hallahin River and the village of Kartong - a beautiful area and in some ways a very sleepy village. Here the river meets the mighty Atlantic Ocean and then meanders up to the village of Sifoe close to Brikama town. We can arrange bird watching excursions to the river or also popular with guests river trips on dugout canoes. Again species are abundant and the river has a big population of red and white mangroves, which are home to many Crustaceans and shell fish.

Gunjur Project can work with you to develop an itinerary of bird watching which could encompass visiting other reserves including the Tanji bird reserve, Abuko nature reserve, Tendba Camp, Baobolong Wetland Reserve, Kiang West National Park. Some of these reserves and parks are some distance from the coastal areas and would mean an over stay at your chosen reserve or reserves. We can arrange these overnight trips that are all inclusive, meals, accommodation, transport and Kiang West National Park guides. For more information about overnight trips please feel to contact us, we are more than happy to work with you and help you get the most from your bird watching trips.

Bird Watching

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