Microplastics – Are they in your food?

Microplastics – Are they in your food?

You may have heard by now that plastic pollution is a big problem in the environment, particularly our oceans. However, did you know that there could be small pieces of plastic in the food you ate recently? These are called microplastics. Plastics are widely and intensively used by people with wide-ranging applications in numerous industries due to their low production cost, adaptability, lightweight, and durability, among other properties – but all those benefits have some potentially dangerous negatives. What are…

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Vultures – Soaring for Survival

Vultures – Soaring for Survival

Confronted with a task as hard as an ostrich egg, lesser scavengers may tremble, not the Egyptian Vulture. One of evolution’s great problem-solvers, these resourceful vultures will set off in search of a fittingly sharp pebble. Once it has found one of the right measurements, it will swing its neck down and fling it upon the egg. If it doesn’t work the first time, it will try again. It almost always gets its dinner. It’s not just pebbles. The Egyptian…

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Bird Feeding – How is it Affecting our garden populations

Bird Feeding – How is it Affecting our garden populations

Supplementary bird feeding has increased rapidly since the 1970s, estimates suggest that up to 43% of households in the USA and 75% of households in the UK regularly feed wild birds, spending US$188–226 million (£148 – 178 million) (R 2206 – 3369) on 60,000 tons of bird seed annually. That’s a lot of food being made for bird feeding around the world. What’s all the fuss about feeding birds? So firstly, why do so many people love feeding birds ?…

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The Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National Park

Since moving down to Cape Town, our nearest nature reserve with big game animals consisting of elephants, lions, hyenas, buffalos, kudu, warthog and a whole host more is in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. Its name being the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP). It’s a very different experience to other South African National Parks (SANParks) in that it contains a variety of different vegetation types (I’ll get into that later) as well as having year round rainfall, which other…

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SKOLSTREJK FOR KLIMATET

SKOLSTREJK FOR KLIMATET

Skolstrejk for Klimatet is Greta Thunberg’s campaign to achieve awareness about climate change an overview of what she has achieved so far. SKOLSTREJK FOR KLIMATET (school strike for climate), this slogan has had an incredible ripple effect for not only students but also governments worldwide. The person responsible for all this? A 16 year old girl named Greta Thunberg, born in Stockholm – Sweden. While learning about climate change at school at the age of 11, Greta, became overwhelmed with…

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Exploring the Jargon of Nature Conservation

Exploring the Jargon of Nature Conservation

This week I will be exploring the jargon of nature conservation. Isn’t it annoying when you’re reading an interesting article either on the news or National Geographic but the authors keep putting big complicated words or jargon in them?  The need to keep on having to look the words up is distracting from the article. Some of these words (that if we are really lazy just skip altogether and hope that it all make sense at the end) are quite…

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Energy for the Future and its greener outcomes

Energy for the Future and its greener outcomes

Protestors plan to shut down Heathrow Airport! This was a headline in one of the newspapers the other day. Climate Change activists were out in full force on the streets of London last month, one of the demands were calling on governments for better renewable energy strategies. lets take a look at Energy for the Future and its greener outcomes Coal, crude oil and firewood and methods for using wind and water power provided the whole energy demand. Watermills and…

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The Great Ocean Plunder

The Great Ocean Plunder

You know that old saying which goes – There’s lots of fish in the sea … well…312 million kilograms of seafood is consumed in South Africa alone each year and 50% is locally caught. Just on this local scale you could call this the great ocean plunder. This does not include the rest of the world! To be quite honest, I’ve never been a big fan of a piece of fish on my plate, even if it is drenched in…

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The Plight of the Pangolin

The Plight of the Pangolin

What is a pangolin…? It’s quite a strange name for an animal, however what’s even stranger is the way it looks. A creature that stepped out of a Jurassic Park movie is my interpretation. One could easily confuse it with some sort of reptile rather than a mammal species. There are eight species of pangolin found in the world, four in Asia and four in Africa. Their body is covered with scales and a long tail. Their diet consists mostly…

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Birding for Beginners

Birding for Beginners

I’ve always been fond of birds, two great memories that I have from my childhood is running around the back garden mimicking the call of a Grey Lourie, now known as the Go away bird (Corythaixoides concolor). The second memory is when my Dad and I made a make shift bird hide with some hessian cloth by cutting a hole in the middle of the cloth and then tide it to two corners of the house. I fed the birds…

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