Conservation

SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB ON COASTAL CLEANUPS

Posted on the 1st February 2018
(I was guest speaker at the Somerset West Bird Club’s monthly meeting on 11 January where I reviewed progress with our conservation campaign on our coastline and estuaries. The talk was entit... Read more

PROGRESS WITH BIRDLIFE OVERBERG COASTLINE AND ESTUARY CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Posted on the 29th January 2018
BIRDLIFE OVERBERG PROJECTS AIMED AT PROTECTING OUR COASTLINE AND ESTUARIES BACKGROUND Members of BirdLife Overberg decided to prioritise the spending of available funds and future fund-raising ... Read more

Avoidance of seismic survey activities by penguins

Posted on the 14th December 2017
Avoidance of seismic survey activities by penguins For the very first time African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) are shown to be strongly affected by seismic surveys exploring the seabed for p... Read more

PENGUINS THREATENED BY FISHING NETS

Posted on the 30th November 2017
Tangled and drowned: new study shows that penguins are threatened by fishing nets Researchers from across the world have collaborated to produce the first global review of penguin bycatch, publ... Read more

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG COASTAL CLEANUP COINCIDING WITH BIRDING BIG DAY

Posted on the 28th November 2017
Saturday’s second coastal cleanup at the Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve was a huge success and 26 volunteers participated in the event. These included 15 children from the Zwelihle SwopShop ... Read more

COMMENTS ON THE CHANGES AT SAFRING

Posted on the 1st November 2017
There has been wide-ranging reaction to the news that Dr Dieter Oschadleus is being retrenched and that SAFRING will in future form part of the Fitz. We post some of the recent emails on this matte... Read more

BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA STATEMENT ON AVIAN INFLUENZA

Posted on the 20th October 2017
Update on Avian Influenza in South Africa  This statement is released by BirdLife South Africa in response to the recent outbreak of avian influenza (H5N8 strain) in South Africa in 2017. ... Read more

OBJECTION TO THE DRAFT INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 19th October 2017
DRAFT INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE, HERMANUS (MUNICIPAL NOTICE 117/2017): OBJECTION ON BEHALF OF BIRDLIFE OVERBERG AND THE WESTERN CAPE BIRDING FORUM  We agr... Read more

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG PROJECTS AIMED AT PROTECTING OUR COASTLINE AND ESTUARIES

Posted on the 13th September 2017
BIRDLIFE OVERBERG PROJECTS AIMED AT PROTECTING OUR COASTLINE AND ESTUARIES BACKGROUND Members of BirdLife Overberg decided to prioritise the spending of available funds and future fund-raising ... Read more

THE GEESE AGAINST FARMERS DEBATE

Posted on the 11th August 2017
(Many farmers have expressed concern about the dramatic increase in numbers of Egyptian and Spur-winged Geese. This has resulted in a debate on whether they could be shot, or maybe even positioned,... Read more

“ENDANGERED”, “NEAR THREATENED”, “VULNERABLE”: WHAT DO THESE ACTUALLY MEAN?

Posted on the 3rd August 2017
(This is posted with permission from the Editor of “Batis”, the newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club. – Ed.) We hear the words “endangered” and “near th... Read more

SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB AT THE PAARL SEWAGE WORKS

Posted on the 3rd August 2017
Paarl Outing – Saturday 15th July. We woke up to a VERY cold and rainy morning so I and 3 stalwart friends thought we would be the only “mad birders”; but no, another 4 people... Read more

LATEST NEWS FROM THE OVERBERG RENOSTERVELD CONSERVATION TRUST

Posted on the 2nd August 2017
LATEST NEWS FROM THE OVERBERG RENOSTERVELD CONSERVATION TRUST  ANOTHER EASEMENT SIGNED: KYKOEDIE CONSERVATION Our first independent easement has been signed! We have been working with J... Read more

OBJECTION TO THE ARNISTON SPA HOTEL APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT TO CONDUCT GUIDED VEHICLE TOURS WITHIN THE COASTAL AREA

Posted on the 29th June 2017
Members will recall that we, together with other organisations, lodged an objection to this application by the Arniston Spa Hotel. We are delighted to announce that the the Department had refused t... Read more

Confirmed cases of Cape Vultures killed at wind farms

Posted on the 9th April 2017
BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA RELEASE Cape Vultures killed at wind farms Johannesburg, 6 April 2017: African’s vultures are in trouble. Most old-world vultures (vultures found in Af... Read more