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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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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.

In view of the fact that we all at some time or another experience problems with our baboon troops, we thought this would be a very interesting and thought provoking article to publish.

Since troops of baboons have started to come down from their mountain habitat to raid town gardens and homes looking for an easy meal, many residents have been getting extremely upset with their visits. I thought it may be a good idea to get to know more about our inevitable neighbours, as they are here to stay.

The Chacma Baboon male has a body weight of between 21 to 45kg, and the female considerably smaller, weighs between 12 to 25kg.   They are generally dark brown to grey in colour with a patch of rough hair on the nape of the neck, with a long downward sloping face.   The canine teeth of the male grow to a length of ±3.86 – 4cm. Baboons are omnivorous with preference of fruit but will also eat insects, seeds, grass and smaller vertebrate animals. They are generally scavengers when it comes to meat, and will rarely engage in killing large animals.   In the wild Chacma baboons will flee at the approach of humans, though this is changing due to the easily availability of food near human dwellings.

Betty's Bay is a beautiful small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape Province. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town it sits beneath the rugged Kogelberg Mountains on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Tourism plays a large role in the town's economy due to the its popularity with holiday makers from across the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular. This village is the longest in South Africa at over 13 km.

Betty's Bay is situated in an area known as the "Heart of the Cape Fynbos Floral Kingdom". The area is considered to be of such ecological importance that in November 1998 it became the first UNESCO-declared Biosphere Reserve in Southern Africa. It's historical background is rich with wild and romantic stories of shipwrecks, pirates, runaway slaves, cattle-thieves and Strandlopers.