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Conservation

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

Attributions

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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After being alerted by a local resident, Michelle, on Saturday night that there were 5 dead sharks on Main Beach, Betty’s Bay we walked the beach looking for their corpses to try to figure out what might be the cause of their deaths. Finding four of the five in the darkness, they all showed exactly the same apparent cause of death. Namely that their throats seemed to have been ripped out. They were cowsharks, or sevengill sharks, the oldest sharks in the shark evolutionary ladder. They are rare sharks.

Let’s help our wildlife, particularly during these hot spells (one of the hottest on record) and after the fires, by providing lots of drinking stations. In this case we have placed a shallow ceramic bowl filled with pebbles and then added water up to the brim. This gives the bees and other insects some purchase on the pebbles, allowing them to drink safely without falling into the water and drowning. On especially hot days you can even add some ice cubes!

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The low volume of water evaporates quickly and should be topped up everyday. Another measure by which we can help our indigenous insects is to plant your garden with as much native flora as possible. One reason, in particular is that some insect species are very specific on the type of plants they require, especially on which to lay their eggs. Take butterflies for example, one of the main goals of an adult butterfly is to lay eggs on a plant that its caterpillars have evolved to feed on. Without those plants you won’t attract those butterflies. Invasive insects are usually a lot less fussy about the plants they can use and therefore quickly become dominant in gardens devoid of native flora.

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The meeting is held at 18h00 on 23 Jan 2019 in Kleinmond. Jan 23rd, Kleinmond Town Hall, 18h00.

ten year review

sanparks nov 2018

See this one and more in our growing list of ebulletins in the Conservation category.

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All credit to sanparks and the respective authors. Visit their website www.sanparks.org

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Joining Hands for Conservation

Enjoy these arresting, informative images. Their licence is described by the words "Please share", so please do—on your favourite Social Media apps perhaps, or simply by email. Watch this space for new additions.

A big thanks to "E de Beer" for this superb intiative.

Alien Invasion 1 Christmas Trees
Light Pollution 1 Overberg Overstrand TWK
Plastic Pollution 1 Overberg Overstrand TWK
Wildlife 1 Dogs off leash

By way of introducing myself I would first like to thank all members of the Betty's Bay community that have made me feel welcome. I arrived, as a permanent resident, with my husband, Pete Oxford about a year ago. My parents live here and we decided to be closer as time moves on for them. So, leaving Ecuador, South America, our home for some 30 years, here we are! We are a professional wildlife photographer team and also own an expedition travel company. As such we have been privileged to have traveled to every continent many times and witnessed some incredible things along the way.

Pete Oxford Baboon

Somewhat nomadic in spirit we have long had half an eye open for a place to resettle—somewhere extraordinary, wild and unspoiled. Serious contenders along the way included Tasmania, Fiji, Southern Spain, the Falkland Islands and even Zimbabwe in its day. It was not until we came here that we finally knew we had found the place.

Looking through outsider's eyes we have not yet taken things for granted and, indeed hope we never will. This place is truly stunning, on a world level and deserves all the love and care we can muster to keep it that way. With the amazing community that we have so far discovered it is with a great sense of pride that I have agreed to come onboard the BBRA committee to work on issues related to Betty's Bay conservation.

If you would like to understand more about who we are I invite you to look at our photographic website: www.peteoxford.com and our travel company website www.peteoxfordexpeditions.com

I'm looking forward to more and more of you joining the BBRA and becoming involved at a conservation level.

Reneé Bish

Rooiels Conservancy presents a Wildlife Research Talk: "Leopards of the Cape" by Jeannie Hayward. Friday 6th July 2018 at 6h30PM in the Harold Porter Gardens.

July 2018 talk: Leopards in the Cape