THE CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN PROJECT FACT SHEET FOR BLO CHARITY GOLF DAY
Happening on the 29th August 2019
THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG CHARITY GOLF DAY 2019 ON 29 AUGUST
THE CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN PROJECT FACT SHEET
The BirdLife Overberg Golf Day 2019 aims to raise funds to sustain the club’s CleanMarine campaign. Members of BirdLife Overberg decided to prioritise 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 in September 2017 in collaboration with the Nature’s Valley Conservation Trust. Many of the region’s role-players showcased their projects at the workshop and Dr Mark Brown conducted a final brainstorming session. The six projects mentioned herewith were identified during a 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.
CleanMarine projects for which funds are being raised:
• The monitoring and protection of key breeding sites of African Black Oystercatchers and White-fronted Plovers on beaches along the Cape Whale Coast. Educational campaigns in this regard are largely based on posters, brochures and media releases developed by the Nature’s Valley Trust.
• Quarterly Co-ordinated Waterbird (CWAC) Counts are being undertaken at the six estuaries along the Cape Whale Coast in collaboration with BirdLife South Africa, CapeNature and other organisations.
• The distribution of bins to collect fishing line along our coastline. This is being done in association with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and Plastics SA.
• Qualitative research into the problem of the littering of cigarette butts. The aim is to develop educational campaigns to meaningfully address this problem.
• Monthly coastal clean-ups to collect marine litter at specific problem areas along the Cape Whale Coast shoreline. This is being done in collaboration with a several agencies such as the Coastal Cleanup Conservation Trust and the Zwelihle Recycle Swop Shop and 15 monthly clean-ups have already been undertaken.
• The findings from the mentioned projects are being used in the design of specific environmental education campaigns. Several of these campaigns have already been launched successfully.
The individual 2018 annual reports on these six projects can be viewed at this link:
Enquiries can be addressed to:
Dr. Anton Odendal
Coordinator: BirdLife Overberg Golf Day 2019
(c): +27 82 550 3347
Project 1: Posters warning about oystercatcher and plover nesting sites
Project 2: Regular CWAC counts along the Overstrand estuaries
Project 3: Qualitative research into the problem of cigarette butt littering
Project 4: Erecting fishing line bins along the Cape Whale Coast shoreline
Project 5: Monthly coastal clean-up campaigns along the Overstrand shoreline
Project 6: Continued environmental education campaigns particularly aimed at the youth