Posted on the 29th September 2014

My apologies for the delay in updates.
I have been busy on an Eastern Cape Odyssey and Sophie has started her field work in earnest, and putting cameras at nests to record food intake and prey types.
I have posted one of several blogs to come on harriers recorded in the desert.
Our tagged birds have been roaming extensively searching for breeding opportunities and I’ll update you on them shortly.
Also news from the Renosterveld where a new centre has just been opened by Dr Odette Curtis …and the first harrier nest was (fittingly) discovered by her  yesterday!
Some of those of you who have donated funds to this harrier project have helped create a new conservation centre there … and there is a room named in your honour (The Black Harrier Room).














Odette (centre) was especially happy that day (!) as she had worked tirelessly for 5 years to see the Centre reach fruition.
She is flanked by Sam Peterson of WWF and Dee of the Botanical Society of southern Africa.
Well done to the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust for its great achievement.
Dr Robert E. Simmons
Honorary Research Associate
FitzPatrick Institute
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch 7701
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