Strandfontein birding area thanks supporters

28 February 2017

Strandfontein Birding areaThe Strandfontein Birding Area, part of the False Bay Nature Reserve Important Bird and Biodiversity Area in Cape Town, has been extremely generous of late, providing not only fantastic birding, but also a number of national rarities. There was, for example, a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin in July 2016, while in December we had a Temminck's Stint, an American Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpipers and a Red-necked Phalarope – all at the same time!

But many people may not realise that a tremendous amount of long-term effort and resources go into the maintenance of this area as a haven for migratory waders and many other bird species, culminating in these great sightings. It's not just the 'ponds' where the rarities have been seen; there are many others areas that are in dire need of alien vegetation clearing. With this in mind, the Strandfontein Birding Area Habitat Initiative was launched in December 2016 and a call was made to raise funding for this area. The initial response was overwhelming and saw a substantial proportion of the R50 000 target being raised! BirdLife would like to send a huge thanks to the members and non-members who have already made generous contributions.

The funds generated so far have been raised via the accumulation of many small donations, showing the true power of our large membership base. BirdLife would also like to make one last call for support and encourage further contributions to this worthy project – no amount is too small to make a difference! All donations for the future habitat management of this site could go a long way to further improving and maintaining the area.

All monies collected will go directly to habitat management interventions at this site.

Click here to make your donation.

For more information, please contact Dale Wright at dale.wright@birdlife.org.za. 

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