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Plastic baling twine, if left in the field, can become tangled around cranes’ legs. This hampers their movements, making it harder for them to eat, walk and preen. The plastic also cuts into the legs, causing painful wounds. Often the crane will try to pull the
You may not be able to leave your home right now during lockdown in South Africa. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience the magical world of birds – from your couch. The Coronavirus is also playing havoc with bird lovers
The challenge invites birders to see how many bird species you can log in the Overberg over the course of 2020. The challenge area is a 150km circumference around the most southerly tip of Africa (the centre of the circle is at the southernmost tip).
The search for the elusive African Grass Owl in the Agulhas Plain yielded not only owl pellets that are now being further analysed – but also THESE amazing photographs. The Bionerds team are driving a project to learn more about the African Grass Owl in
4 favourite birding spots in the Overberg Where are some of the best places to go birding in the Overberg? There’s no shortage of fantastic opportunities for birders – many on land that’s open to the public. Here are 4 of our favourite birding spots.
Powerline collisions could potentially tilt the population of Blue Cranes from stable, to declining. That’s according to Endangered Wildlife Trust researcher, Christie Craig, at the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) meeting in September.
Ever seen this secretive owl? New research aims to find out more There’s a secretive owl species that occurs in the Overberg – and yet so few people know about it. That’s because the African Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) is
The Cape Rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus) is found only in the mountain Fynbos of southernmost South Africa. But new research has found that this species is fast disappearing from sections of its traditional range –
Birds in the Overberg face many threats. But did you know that plastic products are among those threatsBirds like Blue Cranes, Secretarybirds and other species we protect can be affected by bailing twine. They are drawn to sheep and ostrich feeding areas
Christie Craig (Endangered Wildlife Trust/FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology) plans to provide clarity on these uncertainties through a three-year PhD research project. Among the questions Christie is asking: How do
The results of the project were phenomenal: There were 40 participants who joined in the challenge. And a total of 29,047 bird sightings were recorded in the year. A staggering 329 bird species were recorded. Through the project, conservationists and birding
The fires in the Overberg in January had devastating effects – also for some of the Overberg’s Blue Cranes. During the chaos of the fire in Franskraal, just outside Gansbaai in the Western Cape, two tiny Blue Crane chicks were caught up in a backburn. They were rescued – just in time. And taken to