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TIME SPENT WITH THE AFRICAN PENGUINS AT STONY POINT

Posted on the 11th June 2015
This morning fifteen members of BirdLife Overberg hiked some ten km from the Kogelberg Nature Reserve to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. I had to take a vehicle around and spent some time at t... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 23 - THE LOWER SILVERMINE RIVER WETLANDS

Posted on the 5th June 2015
The Lower Silvermine River Wetlands is situated between Clovelly and Fish Hoek, and features a rehabilitated floodplain. The Silvermine River is unique, as its natural state is almost intact, runni... Read more »

A WORD OF THANKS FROM THE AFRICAN PENGUIN & SEABIRDS SANCTUARY

Posted on the 21st May 2015
We have received this letter of appreciation from Alouise Lynch of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Dear Birdlife Overberg, On behalf of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary we would... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 15: THE PLATEAUS ABOVE NATURES VALLEY

Posted on the 13th April 2015
THE PLATEAUS ABOVE NATURE'S VALLEY The turn-off to Nature's Valley along the N2 is at 33° 93' 81.5”S 23° 49' 03.6”E. Nature's Valley is renowned as one of ... Read more »

WALKER BAY BIRD FAIR REPORT BY BRYAN BUTLER OF SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB

Posted on the 4th April 2015
A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE – THE WALKER BAY BIRD FAIR (This report first appeared in BATIS NO. 70, April 2015, the newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club). I was determined to attend so des... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE NO 14: HARKERVILLE FOREST & KRANSHOEK VIEW POINT, PLETTENBERG BAY

Posted on the 4th April 2015
Harkerville Forest and the Kranshoek view point represent an ideal opportunity for birders to gain easy and comfortable access to both forest and fynbos species. The turnoff from the N2 is located ... Read more »

REPORT ON GARDEN BIRDS SEEN IN SOMERSET WEST DURING 2014

Posted on the 3rd April 2015
(This report first appeared in BATIS NO. 70, April 2015 tneSomerset West Bird Club's quarterly magazine) GARDEN BIRDS, SOMERSET WEST 2014 This year a total of 95 species was seen, compared ... Read more »

OVERBERG CRANE COUNT DURING JANUARY 2015

Posted on the 3rd April 2015
(This report first appeared in BATIS NO. 70, April 2015 tneSomerset West Bird Club's quarterly magazine) Overberg precinct crane count - 31st January 2015 The Overberg Precinct covers the a... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 13: CONSTANTIA GREEN BELTS

Posted on the 27th March 2015
CONSTANTIA GREEN BELTS The forest patches and thickets along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain south of Kirstenbosch extend down into the suburb of Constantia. A series of connected green belt... Read more »

WEEKLY FOCUS 12: THE BOULDERS BEACH PENGUIN COLONY

Posted on the 20th March 2015
Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and is world-renowned as one of only two mainland breeding colonies of the critically endangered AFRICAN PENGUIN. The area consi... Read more »

KIRSTENBOSCH GREAT FOR BIRDING WITH SOUTH-EASTER BLOWING

Posted on the 12th March 2015
Kirstenbosch is really the ideal place to go birding when the south easter is blowing, as it turns into a gentle breeze coming around the mountain and makes conditions better than anywhere else on ... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 11: HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET WEST

Posted on the 11th March 2015
The Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West has for many years been regarded as one of the most popular birding destinations in the Western Cape. The reserve features a diversity of habitats, do... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 10: INTAKA ISLAND, CENTURY CITY

Posted on the 4th March 2015
Intaka ('bird' in Xhosa), is a sprawling series of wetlands covering 16 ha in the heart of Century City and beside the Canal Walk shopping mall. It contains four permanent wetlands and one ... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 9: THE BITOU RIVER FLOODPLAIN OUTSIDE PLETTENBERG BAY

Posted on the 27th February 2015
The Bitou River floodplain lies along the R340 outside Plettenberg Bay towards Wittedrift and Uniondale. The floodplain offers limitless birding potential as vast numbers of waterbirds, waders and ... Read more »

GRAND OPENING OF THE AFRICAN PENGUIN & SEABIRD SANCTUARY (APSS)

Posted on the 26th February 2015
Ilse, Elaine and myself received an invitation to attend this major event on behalf of BirdLife Overberg. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust team put together a stunning and extremely well organise... Read more »