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BIRDLIFE OVERBERG PROJECTS AIMED AT PROTECTING OUR COASTLINE AND ESTUARIES

Posted on the 13th September 2017

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG PROJECTS AIMED AT PROTECTING OUR COASTLINE AND ESTUARIES
BACKGROUND
Members of BirdLife Overberg decided to prioritise the spending of available funds and future fund-raising and conservation efforts. For this reason it was decided to focus our efforts on the Overstrand region’s coastline and estuaries. A workshop on this was presented on 2 and 3 September 2017 in collaboration with the Nature’s Valley Conservation Trust. Many of the region’s role-players showcased their projects and dr Mark Brown conducted a brainstorming session on the Sunday afternoon. The six projects discussed herewith were identified during the brainstorming session. The projects will be done as case-studies that will be reported to the Western Cape Birding Forum regularly in view of other clubs possibly implementing similar actions in their regions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS WERE REPRESENTED AT THE WORKSHOP
• BirdLife Overberg/ Cape, Somerset West, Stanford & West Coast Bird Clubs
• Dyer Island Conservation Trust/ Nature’s Valley Trust
• BirdLife South Africa/ Coastal Cleanup Conservation/ Paddavlei Eco Group/ RAMSAR SA/ Rethink Single Use Plastics/ Whale Coast Conservation
• CapeNature/ Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape Government/ Environmental Division, Overstrand Municipality
• Private individuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROPOSED PROJECT 1:
We will attempt to identify breeding sites of African Oystercatchers and White-fronted Plovers on beaches along the Cape Whale Coast during the summer of 2017 and 2018. Possible causes of breeding failures will also be investigated. Educational campaigns will be launched at key breeding sites during the summer of 2018 and 2019. These campaigns will largely be based on posters, brochures and media releases developed by the Nature’s Valley Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPOSED PROJECT 2

More regular Co-ordinated Waterbird (CWAC) Counts will be undertaken along the Klein-, Uilenkraal and Botriver estuaries. The decision on how regularly these counts are to be undertaken will depend on the number of volunteers wanting to participate. The counts will be done in support of the work being undertaken by dr Giselle Murison of BirdLife South Africa and Pierre de Villiers of CapeNature aimed at the development of management guidelines for these estuaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAR ON COASTAL POLLUTION

PROPOSED PROJECT 3
The distribution of fishing line bins along the Cape Whale Coast coastline. This will be done in association with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust who had already implemented this project with huge success. It is proposed that this initially be done in Onrus and Vermont and that it later be spread to other areas based on the need for it and available funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROPOSED PROJECT 4
The distribution of cigarette butt bins along Cape Whale Coast coastline. This will be done in association with Whale Coast Conservation who had already implemented this project with huge success. It is proposed that this initially be done in Onrus and Vermont and that it later be spread to other areas based on the need for it and available funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPOSED PROJECT 5

Volunteers will collect marine litter at specific problem areas that had already been identified by Antonio de Silva-Swart of Coastal Cleanup Conservation. The decision on how regularly these collections are to be undertaken will depend on the number of volunteers wanting to participate. Antonio will address this issue at BirdLife Overberg monthly meeting on 9 October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROPOSED PROJECT 6
In the medium to long term we would like to investigate the possibility of presenting a “birdathon” type of event largely aimed at getting children involved in birds & birding. During 2018 members of BirdLife Overberg and their partners will disseminate the BirdLife South Africa bird of the year resources on the African Oystercatcher as widely as possible to schools in the Overstrand region. This will be done in association with Dale Wright, the regional conservation manager of BirdLife South Africa. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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