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The search for the enigmatic Fynbos Buttonquail
The Grootbos Foundation and partners have conducted seven transect flushes, walking through our beautiful Overberg fynbos to find the enigmatic Fynbos Buttonquail (Turnix hottentottus).
“Our cranes”: How we came to love the brave but persecuted Blue Cranes
It was about more than conservation 30 years ago, when the Overberg Crane Group first launched. For these founding members of the OCG, they went on a deeply
30 years of protecting Blue Cranes
The Overberg Crane Group has just turned 30 years old! In October 1991, CapeNature teamed up with local Overberg farmers – to deal with the increasing threat to Blue Crane populations, by establishing the Overberg Crane Group (OCG).
Become a better birder: Join an Overberg bird club
There’s a great way to become a better birder: You could join one of the fun, active bird clubs that operate in the Overberg and beyond. These clubs introduce you to expert birders from whom you can learn
Binoculars for birding: What the experts use
Birders are only as good as their tools – in particular, their binoculars. A decent set of binoculars is vital to help a birder spot those tiny tell-tale traits, to help you know your Yellow canary from your Brimstone canary
Fill your birding needs: Private reserves you could visit
Birders could, however, be missing out by not visiting some of the private reserves. These reserves may not be as well known, but they’re sure to serve as a wonderful weekend get-away (even if you live in the Overberg).
Overberg birds on the move as the climate changes
Many species – including bird species – are already on the move in the Overberg district as the climate changes. Now it’s up to us to protect these areas that species are moving into, to reduce the likelihood of extinctions.
A bad day for Blue Cranes: The impact of fences
In the Overberg’s agricultural landscape, fences are a common sight. But while they play an important role in managing livestock, there’s a flip side to them. In the past two weeks, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Overberg Crane Group
Wetlands matter for THESE Overberg birds
Wetlands are known for their role in purifying water and preventing floods. But here in the Overberg – as around the world – they also provide an extremely important habitat for birds. There are many secretive rallid species that hide in wetlands here,
A special Overberg sighting: Fynbos Buttonquail chicks
It’s not known how many Fynbos Buttonquail chicks have been documented over the years. But given how difficult it is to flush the adult birds, and how little is known about the Buttonquail’s breeding habits, this is believed to be a rare sighting
A quick BirdLasser guide: Prepping for Birding Big Day 2020
BirdLasser is an easy-to-use mobile application for you to log your bird sightings while in the field. It works like an electronic notebook – but it’s so much more. The app also logs the co-ordinates, time and lots of other information linked to your sighting.
Satellite tracking of Blue Cranes: What the data shows us
Satellite tracking devices fitted on Blue Cranes in the Overberg is now providing vital information on how these cranes move about, and where they’re most at risk of powerline collisions. The African Crane Conservation Programme team