Pirang Ponds, Bonto Forest and Rice Paddies birding

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Guided Bird Watching Tours to Pirang Ponds and  Bonto Forest with Bird Tours Gambia

Pirang Ponds

Pirang Ponds - which were formerly a shrimp farm - are part of Pirang Forest National Park situated to the south east of Banjul Airport and north east of the village of Pirang. The shrimp farm was closed down for a while, but it now has re-opened as a birding site, covering an area of 64 hectares of mature gallery forest which falls under the protection of the Pirang Bonto Eco-tourism Community Project as a preserve for the practice of traditional community ceremonies and rites.

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Local knowledge of the local flora is passed down through the generations, and many of the shrubs trees are used in traditional medicine and herbal remedies.

The former shrimp farm's ponds are home to water birds, and there are many woodland species further south in the mighty forest canopy (which can grow as high as 30 metres) and rice fields. Experienced Bird Guide, Ebou Barry, can help locate and identify the species for visiting Birders. Some of the bird species that can be spotted within the park are the African Spoonbill, European Spoonbill, Pied Avocet, Dunlin, Curlew, Hadada Ibis, Namaqua Dove, Crested Lark, Plain-backed Pipit, Mosque Swallow, Ringed Plover, Sandpiper, Sanderling, Gabar Goshawk, Osprey, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Spur-winged Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Yellow-billed Shrike and the rare Black-crowned Crane. The Yellow-crowned Bishop can also be seen, but normally only during the wet season.

Bonto Forest and Rice Paddies

Not far from Pirang Ponds is Bonto Forest and nearby paddy fields. Bonto Forest comes under the protection of West African Bird Study Association, (WABSA). The area is good for seeing Green Crombec, Yellowbill Coucal, Northern Black Flycatcher, Common Wattle Eye, Lanner Falcon, Yellowbill and Black-rumped Waxbill.

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