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REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG’S CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN: PROJECT 5: REGULAR CO-ORDINATED WATERBIRD COUNTS ALONG THE OVERSTRAND ESTUARIES

Posted on the 21st August 2019

PROJECT 5: REGULAR CO-ORDINATED WATERBIRD COUNTS (CWACs) ALONG THE OVERSTRAND ESTUARIES
Comprehensive CWAC counts along the Cape Whale Coast estuaries were finally undertaken during July 2019 and the hope is expressed that these counts will be repeated on a regular quarterly basis. This will replace the quarterly Big Bird Counts undertaken by BirdLife Overberg members over the last three years. These counts are currently being coordinated by Carin Malan and the results are forwarded to Dr Giselle Murison, the Estuaries Manager at BirdLife South Africa and Pierre de Villiers of CapeNature for discussion at the meetings of the various Estuary Management Forums. The standardised protocols prescribed by the Animal Demography Unit at UCT and BirdLife South Africa are used for the counts. These counts should enable the Estuary Management Forums to make more meaningful decisions regarding the conservation of birds along these estuaries.
The various estuaries in the Overstrand being counted are:
# Palmiet river mouth
# Various sections of the Botrivervlei (These counts have been done for the last 21+ years by the Tygerberg Bird Club and partners)
• Botriver bridge to Benguela Cove
• Fisherhaven to Benguela Cove
• Fisherhaven to Meer-en-See
• Arabella Estate to Rooisand
• Rooisand area
• Kleinmond area
# Vermont salt pan and Onrus lagoon (Ad hoc counts from the past are available)
# Kleinriver estuary – the area around the mouth (Ad hoc counts from the past are available)
# Kleinriver estuary – the upper reaches at Stanford
# The Uilenkraals Estuary
Some of the organisations involved in these counts include the Tygerberg, Kleinmond, Hermanus and Stanford Bird Clubs, BirdLife Overberg, CapeNature and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. 

Dr Giselle Murison, the Estuaries Manager of BirdLife South Africa
Pierre de Villiers, the Estuaries Manager of CapeNature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful Onrus River estuary


 

 

 

BirdLife Overberg members birding at the Rooisand hide along the Bot River estuary

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