The Watercourse Restoration Project is in full swing with surveys of priority watercourses within the Overberg wheatbelt.
Spectacular renosterveld remnants have been incredibly productive with biodiversity surveys and GIS mapping being conducted over the past few weeks. This means the hardship of fieldwork during the spring and onset of summer has been a ‘burden’ happily borne.
Avifaunal surveys have yielded records of threatened species such as Black Harrier, Denham’s Bustard, Blue Crane, Southern Black Korhaan and Cape Vulture, to name a few. The botanical species have been too numerous to list in detail, but standout species that deserve mention include Polhilia brevicalyx, Moraea debilis, Moraea comptonii and Dronsanthemum flavum. All indicators of the wealth of the renosterveld remnants.
When we are unable to collect data ourselves, camera traps provide a special tool to ensure that we can keep an ‘eye’ of the coming and goings of the species that call these critically endangered natural systems home.