REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG’S CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN PROJECT 2: CWAC COUNTS DURING 2019
Posted on the 3rd December 2019
CLEANMARINE PROJECT 2: QUARTERLY CO-ORDINATED WATERBIRD COUNTS (CWACs) ALONG THE OVERSTRAND ESTUARIES
This project is one of six campaigns forming part of BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine project. The background of the initial CleanMarine campaign description is at this link:
Comprehensive quarterly CWAC counts along the Cape Whale Coast estuaries are now being undertaken. The standardised protocols prescribed by the Animal Demography Unit at UCT and BirdLife South Africa are used for the counts. 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. 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:
• The Palmiet River mouth
• Various sections of the Botrivervlei (Botriver bridge to Benguela Cove, Fisherhaven to Benguela Cove, Fisherhaven to Meer-en-See, Arabella Estate to Rooisand, the Rooisand area and the Kleinmond area)
• The Vermont salt pan and the Onrus River estuary
• The Kleinriver estuary (both the area around the mouth and the upper reaches at Stanford) and
• The Uilenkraals River 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.
The dates for these counts during 2020 are 8 February, 9 May, 4 July and 7 November.
We express our sincere appreciation to Carin Malan for coordinating this major effort.
Wild horses at Rooisand, Botvlei (Image by Carin Malan)