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Verlorenvlei looking towards Moutonshoek

Decades after conservationists called for the Verlorenvlei near Elands Bay on South Africa’s West Coast to be afforded formal conservation protection to preserve its biodiversity, this Ramsar site is still under threat. A local authority, Bergriver Municipality, has now taken action which could turn the years of environmental neglect around. Twenty-five years ago conservationists called […]

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The ancient vlei flows on, out to the sea; burgeoning with tiny fish which are eaten by pied kingfishers, reed beds humming and burbling with egrets, herons and ibises, the sky overhead full of avian traffic; cormorants, spur winged geese and hunting raptors, the shrubs filled with Cape weavers and bulbuls. The nesting boxes under […]

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News from the Vlei 37 (September ’08)

Published on September 22, 2008 by in Fauna, Flora, News, Wildflowers

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News from the Vlei 37 (September ’08)

June; a glorious month of rain and sunshine, thunder and lightning, green landscape and birdsong. Early some mornings a delicate scent of green peppers and in the evenings the scented thorn sweetened our ambles along the edge of the vlei. Going up a kloof one afternoon we sprang a pair of spotted eagle owls who […]

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News from the Vlei 36 (June ’08)

Published on June 12, 2008 by in Fauna, Flora, News

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News from the Vlei #36 Winter 2007 and life on the vlei never had it so good. Snowy white cloud banks raised over the eastern mountains circled northwards and brought a mackerel sky and icy rain leaving the air clear and sweet. August saw 44 mm of rain in a series of night time showers […]

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