Posted on the 29th June 2022

We have received reports of the poor (and dirty) condition of this hide and the apparent total lack of maintenance by the management authority. It seems as if CapeNature simply do not have the capacity to look after this top birding tourism asset. We express our sincere appreciation and thanks to BirdLife Overberg members Dawid and Carin Malan for spending the recent public holiday cleaning the hide and doing basic maintenance jobs, as is illustrated in the images herewith. There are further tasks to be undertaken such as repairing the wooden poles along the boardwalk to the hide. It is suggested that five or so guys with powerless drills go out there sometime in August or September and attach the poles again. Let us know if you can help. The signage and bird identification posters will also have to be redone in the nearby future and we will investigate this matter soon.

Maybe we as a club should consider ‘adopting’ this hide as it is certainly one of the top birding destination products in our region with excellent birding opportunities and the added bonus of seeing those famous wild horses. We would like to know what our members think about such a suggestion. Any thoughts and ideas would be welcomed.

Dawid and Carin hard at work - thank you










Dawid repairing latches and the like
The posters were cleaned, but will have to be replaced at some point









At least the wild horses were on view











These are the poles that need to be secured
Club members in the hide when maintenance was still in place














Example of a very important information poster that needs to be replaced as a matter of urgency






























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