The Langebaan Lagoon, a Ramsar wetland of global conservation importance, in particular supports exceptional bird specie richness. The park, which is part of the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, is considered an important birding area.
The lagoon is seen as an extremely important wetland for waders from the northern hemisphere visiting our shoreline. In some years, wader numbers can increase from 4,000 in winter to 50,000 in summer. Besides the lagoon area that is a haven for birds the park’s endemic strandveld fynbos (comprising of low bushes and succulents) also supports rich and endemic birdlife.
250 different bird species have been observed in the park, including threatened species like the African Penguin, Cape Gannet, Bank Cormorant, Crowned Cormorant, Lesser Flamingo, Black Harrier, African Black Oystercatcher, African Marsh-Harrier, Caspian Tern, Great White Pelican, Cape Cormorant, Greater Flamingo, Secretary bird, Lanner Falcon, Chestnut-banded Plover, Peregrine Falcon, Cape Spurfowl, Cape Long-billed Lark, Karoo Lark, Cape Bulbul, Sickle-winged Chat and the Layard’s Titbabbler.