De Berg designated South Africa’s 30th Ramsar site
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De Berg’s spectacular landscapes (Photograph: Hannes Marais) The big news is that De Berg Nature Reserve was designated a Ramsar site on 2 February 2024—World Wetlands Day. Northam Platinum created the reserve in fulfilment of some of the conditions of … Read More

How species conservation can safeguard wetlands
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BirdLife Africa’s Dr Kyle Lloyd outlines the case of the White-winged Flufftail. In honour of World Wetlands Day this month, Dr Kyle Lloyd, Wetland Conservation Project Manager and Rockjumper Fellow of White-Winged Flufftail Conservation, presented a webinar on the current … Read More

The Long-winged Orange Telchinia
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Another member of the brush-footed butterfly tribe occurs at Verloren Valei. By Justin Bode Long-Winged Orange Telchinia (underside) (Photograph: © Justin Bode) Telchinia alalonga, Long-winged Orange Telchinia or Long-winged Maber, Langvlerk rooitjie is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, the … Read More

LepSoc field trip: December 2023
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Jeremy Dobson reports back on a successful foray into Verloren Valei’s butterfly world. Field trip participants — plus the all-important nets (Photograph: Jeremy Dobson) As you may know, LepSoc Africa (LSA) holds corporate membership of Friends of Verloren Valei (FVV), … Read More

Can farming actually save threatened species?
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Editor’s Note: New research is looking at how Blue Cranes are colonising a new ecosystem — farmland in the Western Cape. The removal of fynbos seems to play a role, which correlates to the view that cranes don’t like bushy … Read More

Citizen science for conservation
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Alan Lee, Ian Davies, and Carrie Seltzer profile iNaturalist, eBird and the African Bird Atlas Project. With a limited number of conservationists and ornithologists across Africa, the importance of the contributions of citizen scientists to our understanding of birds cannot … Read More

SAFTC news: recent field trials and surveys
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Less-than-ideal scenting conditions (Photograph: Roberto Marcer) On Saturday 2 July 2023, the South African Field Trial Club undertook to second francolin survey. Eleven dogs took part and unfortunately, unlike our first survey where scenting conditions were good, this survey had … Read More

Middelpunt Wetland declared a Ramsar site
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Good news for the White-winged Flufftail as this is its only confirmed breeding site in South Africa. A White-winged Flufftail glides over the sedge meadows at Middelpunt Wetland (Photograph: Kyle Lloyd) The White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) is listed as globally … Read More

Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment has been expanded
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A further 7 448 hectares have been added to the existing area. Wetlands and rocky outcrops are some of the microhabitats within the protected environment, hosting threatened and endemic species specialised for these niches (Photograph: Kyle Lloyd) The Greater Lakenvlei … Read More