Conservation

MEDIA RELEASE: PROTECT BIRDS BREEDING ON OUR BEACHES

Posted on the 3rd September 2021
The African Black Oystercatcher (Swarttobie) and White-fronted Plover (Vaalstrandkiewiet) are the two beach breeding birds that occur along the Overstrand coastline. The future of both of these spe... Read more

WORKING TO PROTECT THE SOUT RIVER NEAR DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 12th August 2021
WORKING TO PROTECT THE SOUT RIVER NEAR DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE (This article first appeared in the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust newsletter on 11 August 2021 – Ed.) A dream ... Read more

BLACK HARRIERS AND A WINDFARM: TRANSFORMING C0NCERN TO HOPE

Posted on the 12th August 2021
BLACK HARRIERS AND A WINDFARM: TRANSFORMING C0NCERN TO HOPE (This article first appeared in the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust newsletter on 11 August 2021 – Ed.) When a win... Read more

Posted on the 12th August 2021
WELCOME TO THE ‘PLASTISPHERE’: THE SYNTHETIC ECOSYSTEM EVOLVING AT SEA (This article first appeared in ‘THE GUARDIAN’ in August 2021 – Ed.) Ocean plastic has c... Read more

Decision time: Will Barbara Creecy put an end to fishing around dwindling penguin colonies?

Posted on the 30th July 2021
(This article by Julia Evans first appeared ‘n ‘Daily Maverick’ on 27 July 2021. – Ed.) The African penguin is an endangered species. To see if ending fishing around pen... Read more

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG REPORT TO WESTERN CAPE BIRDING FORUM – JUNE 2021

Posted on the 30th July 2021
GENERAL CLUB NEWS – CLUB MEETINGS, OUTINGS & COURSES: We adopted an “adapt or die” type of approach to club activities after March 2020 and are satisfied that the ship is ... Read more

WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER THREATS TO SOME OF AFRICA’S MOST ICONIC PROTECTED AREAS

Posted on the 16th July 2021
The extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee is scheduled to commence on Friday 16 July and run until 31 July. This intergovernmental body is responsible for making decisions regarding... Read more

WORLD ALBATROSS DAY - ENSURING ALBATROSS-FRIENDLY FISHERIES

Posted on the 18th June 2021
BirdLife South Africa and the world celebrated World Albatross Day on Saturday 19 June. This year's theme was “Ensuring albatross-friendly fisheries” which seeks to draw attention t... Read more

FIRST RELEASE OF AFRICAN PENGUINS AT DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 15th June 2021
The attempt to re-establish an African Penguin colony on the south coast of South Africa took a big step forward this week with the release of 30 juvenile penguins at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Bi... Read more

Reprieve for Mpumalanga Strategic Water Source Area

Posted on the 24th March 2021
Yesterday, March 23rd, the Pretoria High Court issued an interdict preventing a coal mining company from commencing mining and related activities in a Strategic Water Source Area. The interdict was... Read more

No wind farm for Eastern Cape’s wilderness area

Posted on the 11th March 2021
BirdLife South Africa normally embraces renewable energy, but some places are just not well-suited for wind energy infrastructure. We are delighted that Department of Environment Forestry and Fishe... Read more

Iconic African savanna raptors uplisted to Endangered on the global Red List of threatened species

Posted on the 15th December 2020
African savanna landscapes are synonymous with sightings of large birds of prey. These majestic apex predators can give pause to even the least bird-friendly observer driving by. To behold such uni... Read more

NEWS ON THE GOUGH ISLAND RESTORATION PROGRAMME

Posted on the 27th November 2020
RSPB Council gives the go ahead for 2021 restoration operation Following the postponement of the Gough Island Restoration operation this year due to Covid-19, RSPB council trustees met on Tuesd... Read more

A close shave for a scarce bird of prey

Posted on the 18th September 2020
(Media release by BirdLife South Africa on 18 September 2020, Johannesburg)  Eagle-eyed conservationists are helping protect our country’s natural resourcesin the face of a rapidly c... Read more

OVERBERG PRECINCT WINTER CAR COUNT 25 JULY 2020

Posted on the 14th September 2020
Another glorious day for our winter count. Sunshine, no wind, generally good visibility. Some coastal roads had a bit of mist to begin with, but on the whole most routes leaders commented how their... Read more