Working for birds in Africa


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:54 -- abc_admin

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans, Nov 2012, Brusubi, The Gambia, in bourganvillea in Clive Barlow's garden

Image Credit: 
Martyn Wilson

A combination of a good tourist infrastructure, travel connections and knowledgeable people make The Gambia one of the primary birdwatching destinations in Africa. With a checklist of over 500 species and readily accessible sites, this small country offers a great introduction to African birding as well as retaining its appeal for those who have visited the country on previous occasions.

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of The Gambia and its birds for birders interested in the country and potentially planning a visit. The information has been put together from a number of sources and it is intended to add new information as it becomes available. As such, readers are welcome to submit contributions by e-mail to You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.

These pages underwent a major revision in January 2008 by incorporating information from the Gambia Birding Group.The Gambia Birding Group was a not for profit organisation which: provided information about practical aspects of visiting The Gambia for wildlife trips and about birding throughout The Gambia; supported conservation for wildlife; provided contact points for birders and naturalists visiting The Gambia. Because of falling membership, the Gambia Birding Group was unable to remain a cost effective organisation and was wound up and its assets transferred to the African Bird Club.

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