Posted on the 3rd November 2018

We give feedback on a few odds and ends forming part of the BirdLife Overberg CleanMarine campaign. Some time ago we published a report on the Whale Coast Conservation Expo what was undertaken at many schools in the Overstrand. Sets of flash cards were used to illustrate many species under threat to the learners. One of these sets was on the plight of the African Black Oystercatcher, beautifully illustrated with some of Jenny Parsons’ outstanding case-study images. (See report elsewhere on our website). We also donated copies of our four identification brochures on the common birds of the Western Cape to all the participating learners and disseminated the BirdLife South Africa bird of the year posters on the oystercatcher to participating schools. The brochures included the revised one on coastal birds, the publication of which was sponsored by the Important Birds and Biodiversity division of BirdLife South Africa.

In October we collaborated with our partners at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in the annual schools competition in celebration of Marine Month. Brenda du Toit and Pinkey Ngevu have just released the results of this competition:








In its third year, the Marine Month competition run by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust with eco-tourism partners Marine Dynamics & Dyer Island Cruises, and with the support of conservation partners, the Overstrand Municipality and Birdlife Overberg, reached 16 schools in the Overberg area. This campaign, held every October, aims to raise awareness of the importance of our oceans.

The competition is aimed at all ages with various categories:
Category 1-COLOURING (Grades 1-3)
Category 2-POETRY (Grades 4-7)
Category 3-ESSAY (Grades 8 - 11)

The three main topics across the categories were:
1. African Black Oystercatcher Conservation
2. Catchment to Coast
3. Beat Plastic Pollution
Judges deliberated over the 160 entries received and are pleased to announce the winners, all of whom will enjoy a Marine Big 5 trip on Dyer Island Cruises. The children will also all receive copies of our four identification brochures on the common birds of the Western Cape, as well as copies of the BirdLife South Africa bird of the year posters on the African Black Oystercatcher once they hit dry land after their exciting cruise.

Pinkey and Anton judging poems
Judging oystercatcher colourings








Category 1
Curro Hermanus - Arran Muller
Okkie Smuts Primary - Ayakha Pekula, Iva Thobela, Katelyn van Rooy, Samkelo Maqolo
Laerskool Gansbaai - Adriaan Basson, Jancke Otto, Lien Fourie, Marissa De Villiers
Hawston Primary - Ronan Sampson
Mount Pleasant Primary – Maxine-Aroncé Meyers, Evandra April, Fazline Jacobs
Gansbaai Primer - Bronlee Richter
Die Bron Primary - Tiffany Steneveldt, Ethan Matthysen,
Bosko Christian School - Luniko Hesewu

Category 2
Hawston Primary - A J Moos , Grace Poole
Okkie Smuts Primary - Likho Poni
Lukhanyo Primary - Siyolise Makrune, Anganathi Mtsegwala, Siphokazi Jonazi
Laerskool Gansbaai - Lara Strydom, Yara Du Plessis

Category 3
Gansbaai Academia - Zainabo Anzuruni, Siyamthanda Ngaleka, Owethu Ntanjana.

We will report on some of the other developments at a later stage, but herewith just some feedback: We have delivered the first batch of 22 two litre Ecobricks to the Zwelihle Recycle Swop Shop and these will be used for the building of tables and benches on their premises. Remember to visit the Swop Shop on Wednesday afternoons between 14:00 and 16:00 to find out more about the exciting conservation work that they are involved in.

Part of the 22 Ecobricks donated to the Swop Shop









Yesterday Frank Spratt, Tom Casey and I also set up the first batch of fishing line bins along the Onrus and Vermont coastlines. (Thanks for the help guys!). All the bins received will be set up before the summer holidays so as to cover the coastal areas of Hermanus, Onrus, Vermont, Kleinmond and Pringle Bay. Other Overstrand areas will follow later.


























We express our sincere appreciation for the support and sponsorship received in this regard to our partners at the Important Bird and Biodiversity division of BirdLife South Africa, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Plastics SA and DPI Plastics.




















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