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WEEKLY FEATURE 29: MITCHELLS PASS AND CERES

Posted on the 19th July 2015
The charming town of Ceres is reached from Wolseley and Tulbagh by travelling through the stupendous MITCHELL’S PASS. This is yet another of the transcendent passes in the region and time sho... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 28: TOKAI PARK

Posted on the 12th July 2015
Tokai Forest, now called Tokai Park, is a favourite spot for hiking, horse riding, dog walking, cycling, and picnics. Note that cyclists and dog walkers require a permit from SANParks. The forest c... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 27: THE GREATER ZANDVLEI ESTUARY NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 4th July 2015
The Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve protects the only functioning estuary along the False Bay coast. In addition small areas of Strandveld vegetation occur. The land around Zandvlei was use... Read more »

BIRDS OF THE WARM BOKKEVELD REGION OF THE CERES DISTRICT

Posted on the 1st July 2015
BIRDS OF THE WARM BOKKEVELD REGION OF THE WITZENBERG LOCAL MUNICIPAL AREA The Swaarmoed Pass and Droëhoek loop roads in the Ceres district are hugely underrated from a bird-watching persp... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 26: THE TABLE BAY NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 25th June 2015
The Table Bay Nature Reserve consists of the Rietvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Beach, Milnerton Racecourse, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Diep River and the Parklands Fynbos Corridor. The most im... Read more »

WAKKERSTROOM EXPERT COMMENTS ON BLUE CRANES & OTHER THINGS IN THE OVERBERG

Posted on the 22nd June 2015
(This letter/ report first appeared in the June edition of the Wakkerstroom Bird Club's newsletter. - Ed.) Hi Wakkerstroomers –it is hard to believe that it is six weeks since I left Wa... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 24 - KOEBERG NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 12th June 2015
The Koeberg Nature Reserve is situated along the R27 and is adjacent to the Koeberg nuclear power station near Melkbosstrand. The reserve contains two major veld types, namely some of the last remn... Read more »

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 »