Volunteer to survey seabirds and perform beach cleans in South Africa.

Cape Town Research and Conservation Initiative

Coastal Conservation, Bird and Pollution Project


Who: Cape Town Research and Conservation Initiative (CTRCI)

Where: Langebaan (1 hour from Cape Town on West Coast), South Africa

Focus: Bird surveys and beach clean ups

When: All year round

Duration: 2-12 weeks | Project starts every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month

Suitability: Over 18s

Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 595.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Volunteer and participate in coastal conservation and preservation along South Africa’s West Coast.
  • Learn about the wide diversity of species and ecosystems found on the long beaches, lagoons and nearby islands.
  • Gather information on the population dynamics and habitat changes to help ensure the management and sustainability of this important biodiverse environment.
  • Carry out surveys along the beaches to monitor the rich diversity of avifauna.
  • Record general bird population counts and species-specific data such as feeding and breeding patterns of both permanent and migratory species.
  • Get the chance to spot the rare and endangered African Black Oystercatcher or the White-Fronted Plover.
  • Participate in weekly beach clean ups to help reduce the amount of waste along some of the worst affected stretches of coastline. The litter collected is sorted into recycling and trash and disposed of responsibly. The recyclable material found is used as part of community based projects.

The Base

Accommodation: The Beach House Research Centre is located in the small seaside holiday town of Langebaan. Situated only one hour’s drive from Cape Town. The house includes a large dining area and entertainment room.

Sleeping: Shared room for up to 6 volunteers with communal bathroom facilities.

Food: 3 meals a day by permanent catering staff. Local stores a short walk away.

Support: Airport pick up, 24/7 in-country support team.


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