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The 2019 AGM of the BBRA will be held at 10H00 on Saturday 14 December 2019 in Crassula Hall, Betty's Bay.

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Join the Betty’s Bay Baboon Action Group on our Facebook page. Follow us for all kinds of baboon information.

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Residents of Betty’s Bay who live in areas that are visited by the baboons can join the BBBAG WhatsApp group for notifications when the baboons are in the urban area. (This is not a chat group) Please contact Renee at 0606 567 341 to be added to the group.

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We have the occasional copy of this fine PDF available here.

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Many of the professional photographs you will see on this site are courtesy of www.peteoxford.com and www.peteoxfordexpeditions.com

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A pair of Oystercatchers and two chicks walking on the beach

Our Oystercatchers are endangered because humans are encroaching on their habitat

(This article has been updated with new details.)

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I have been a Western leopard toad volunteer in Cape Town for the past eight years, doing the Princess Vlei and Little Princess Vlei areas as well as helping in the Constantia areas, where the toads occur, when needed.

We have been told that there could possibly be a small toad population in your town and I am hoping to spend a week there during the winter, when it's breeding season for these toads (i.e. the males go to a water body to call the females, where they mate then return "home"—your gardens!) to actively look for them.

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We will add all the Stony Point Seabird updates to this page.

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Bewareas/Conservancies in the Western Cape — What are they? What are the advantages? How are they established? Read the pdf to find out.

 

Minutes  Of Stony Point Management Meeting — 7 December 2016

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Please find the minutes as a docx or PDF file.

25 & 26 August 2016

'Flight for Birders' was developed to assist novices and experienced birdwatchers to become involved in birdwatching in a practical and sustainable way. Basic steps in the identification of birds will be highlighted and the identification of garden birds, water birds, birds of prey and more difficult species such as swallows, waders and 'little brown jobs' will be discussed systematically.

LOGGERHEAD TURTLES are washing up on our shore line! We ask the public to actively look out for any turtles that have washed up on our shores. Between April and June every year, juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up onto beaches in and around Cape Town, due to rough seas and strong winds.

What to do..?
  • Remove the turtle from the beach.
  • Keep it dry and at room temperature – DO NOT place the turtle in water.
  • Place the turtle in a container that has ample air holes. DO NOT put water or sand in the container, rather use a small towel.
  • Make a note of exactly where, when and at what time the turtle was found.
  • Contact the Environmental Management Section of Overstrand Municipality on 028 316 3724 or the Control Room on 028 313 81111.
  • Afterhours please drop it off at your local Fire Department who will contact an environmental officer.
What happens to them..?

The Overstrand Municipality and CapeNature, in collaboration with the South African Shark Conservancy will ensure that the turtles are temporarily housed until they can be moved to the Two Oceans Aquarium where they will be rehabilitated until they are strong and healthy. They are then sent to uShaka Sea World in Durban where they are released into the warmer waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

“Given an annual rate of decline of about 2% per year, there is considerable concern about the long-term viability of African Penguins in the wild. The African penguin population is currently less than 5% of the original population and still declining rapidly — as a result, it has been classified as ENDANGERED by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is listed in Appendix II of CITES and the Bonn Convention for the conservation of migratory species.