Posted on the 12th May 2018

The BirdLife Overberg Coastal Cleanup on 12 May 2018 was at the Onrus beach. It was once again done with the children of the Recycle Swop Shop and with the generous support of the Milkwood restaurant. The group started just after 08:00 and worked the beach systematically. 

The majority of the litter was found at the back towards the bushes. The contents of the litter collected were completely different to the stuff collected previously along the Onrus-Vermont coastal trail and at the Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve. It seems evident that beach goers at leisure created a different littering profile. The dominant number of waste collected included cigarette butts, beverage bottles (mostly glass), bottle caps and lids, straws and plastic and paper bags. This certainly implies that the behaviour of beach goers remain problematic and one wonders what could be done to address this problem. The Oceans Conservancy score sheet is being forwarded to John Kieser at Plastics SA and is available from us for those who are interested.

Other problems identified by the group include:
• The old boardwalk on the eastern side of the lagoon is dilapidated and in disrepair and should be removed.
• Workers repaired the fence along the Habonim property and left building rubble and old rusty fencing lying around. This has been reported to the local councillor and it is hoped that this problem will be resolved soon.
• Black refuse bags, several containing disposable nappies, were dumped on the Sandbaai side of the beach. This problem also occurred on the Onrus side previously, but was largely resolved through consultation with the local councillor. This issue will also be reported.

This morning’s clean-up ended at the Milkwood restaurant where the management gave the Recycle Swop Shop children a lovely complimentary breakfast. We express our sincere appreciation to the management and staff of the Milkwood restaurant for this wonderful gesture.

The next BirdLife Overberg CleanMarine coastal clean-up will be on Saturday 23 June when the first section of the Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve will once again be tackled. We would like to encourage all members and friends to participate in this event as it is along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline along the Cape Whale Coast seashore. Confirm participation with Elaine at or Helé at

Herewith some images from this morning’s clean-up taken by Helé, Teresa and Anton.

The team ready to move
Off they go!









Who leaves rubble like this along a beachfront?
Grant showing his disapproval











Kinds having fun along the beach
They start them young at the Recycle Swop Shop











Waiting for breakfast









Wow! What a meal
Part of the loot













The newly updated identification brochures on the common coastal birds of our region are now on sale at R 2 per copy for bulk dissemination to children












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