The Overberg Crane Group has partnered with the following organisations:
OVERBERG LOWLANDS CONSERVATION TRUST
This Trust works to save renosterveld, one of the most threatened habitats on Earth. The Trust has partnered with the Overberg Crane Group, and together they offer extension support to land users and others, to raise awareness of the region’s unique biodiversity. www.overbergrenosterveld.org.za
ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST
The EWT is a non-profit conservation organisation that promotes sustainable living. It has a number of awareness raising programmes, and undertakes research, fieldwork and direct engagement with stakeholders. www.ewt.org.za
BETTER BARLEY BETTER BEER INITIATIVE (WWF-SOUTH AFRICA & SAB)
Better Barley Better Beer is a joint initiative between WWF-South Africa and the South African Breweries, to help barley farmers farm sustainably. www.sabmiller.com/home/stories/better-barley-better-beer
NUWEJAARS WETLAND SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA
The NWSMA has brought 25 landowners and the community of Elim together, to farm sustainably while conserving the rich biodiversity of the Agulhas Plain. www.nuwejaars.com
AGULHAS BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE
ABI is a landscape initiative, where partners work together to encourage healthy productive natural landscapes. ABI is currently set up as a voluntary association. www.agulhasbiodiversity.com
ANIMAL DEMOGRAPHY UNIT
The ADU is the research unit of the University of Cape Town, and works to understand animal populations better, and therefore also how to best conserve animals. They undertake long-term monitoring projects, statistical modeling and interpretation of results. www.adu.org.za
DR ROB SIMMONS
Rob is a behavioural ecologist, conservation biologist and ornithologist specialising in the ecology of raptors and other fauna, including cats. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute at the University of Cape Town. He also hosts a Black Harrier blog.
DONORS AND FRIENDS
Barton Wines is a wine farm set in the Kogelberg in the Botriver Valley. The winery uses the Blue Crane as its logo, and donates a percentage of its sales to the Overberg Crane Group. www.bartonvineyards.co.za
NATIONAL LOTTERY DISTRIBUTION TRUST FUND
The NLDTF awarded a grant to the Overberg Crane Group in 2008 – a grant that played an important role in securing the Crane Group’s work for the following seven years.
The Overberg Crane Group has also enjoyed great support and donations from a number of friends
- Dale & Mel Elliot
- Riviersonderend Quilting Guild
- Caledon Tourism Office
- Agulhas Wines
- Cape Hunt
- Somerset West Motor Club
- Overberg Explorer
- Goedverwacht Wines
- Bayer CropScience
- Hermanus Animal Hospital
- Swellendam SPCA
- Bredasdorp Diere Kliniek
- Animal Anti-Cruelty League – Bredasdorp
Thank you to our partners and friends for the photographs used on this site: Sharon Brink, Warwick Tarboton, Odette Curtis, The Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust, Andre Botha, Anton Odendaal (BirdLife Overberg), Rob Simmons, Jessie Walton and Heather D’Alton.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can get involved in conserving our birds in the Overberg.
REPORT RINGED BIRDS
Hundreds of Blue Cranes have had rings placed on their legs over the years. We use these rings to identify Blue Cranes. With this information, we can learn more about them. If you see a Blue Crane with rings on its legs, please let us know.
The Overberg Crane Group is the only organisation dedicated to protecting our Overberg's birds, like Blue Cranes and Cape Vultures. We need your help to protect our threatened bird species from possible future extinction.
There’s a convenient way for bird lovers to note the birds they see – using the BirdLasser app. You can download the BirdLasser app to your cellphone. It’s also a great tool for bird lovers to keep accurate records of their sightings