Table Bay Nature Reserve

Table Bay Nature Reserve

During my internship for my diploma in nature conservation, I was fortunate enough to be placed at a wetlands nature reserve called Table Bay Nature Reserve.  I was involved with bird counts, fish surveys, water quality tests, environmental education and it was an amazing year. Where is Table Bay Nature Reserve? Table Bay Nature Reserve falls within the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), the smallest yet most abundant of the world’s six floral kingdoms. It is found on West Coast of…

Read More Read More

Strandfontein Birding Area

Strandfontein Birding Area

What is the Strandfontein Birding Area? Bird watching at a sewage work? Really! Why would you voluntarily visit a notoriously smelly place to identify birds? I thought that the first time I heard about the Strandfontein Birding Area (SBA). However, people kept on recommending it and talking about the diversity of birds that were present.  While doing my B Tech degree in nature conservation, my lecturer suggested comparing the research I did at Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve with the results…

Read More Read More

Built for the kill – a predators lifestyle

Built for the kill – a predators lifestyle

The sun was beginning to set; it had been a hot day on the savannah plains with only a mild breeze coming from the south. The lioness rose her head, scanning her surroundings, the rest of the pride was still sleeping in the dappled light underneath a camel thorn tree. It had been three days since the pride had eaten, and there were cubs to feed. The lioness stood up and stretched, which aroused the other seven members of the…

Read More Read More

The Dominance of Palm Oil

The Dominance of Palm Oil

Palm oil is encroaching on some of the worlds most biodiverse tropical forests in the world. It has become such a popular ingredient in products that football fields of natural forest are being destroyed. One of the main reasons for this growing demand is due to the increasing human population growth over the last couple of decades. What is Palm Oil? African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is a tropical crop grown predominantly for the production of palm oil. It is…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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 ?…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More