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FNR Objections


Please feel free to copy and paste my letter should you so wish.  Just replace my name with yours and send it in, so that it can be lodged as another objection.

Please Prevent Fernkloof being turned into a Theme Park

Many readers are no doubt aware of the current proposals for the so-called upgrades to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR).  These can be viewed at the following website:

The public is urged to lodge objections, as this development is likely to cause huge damage to the FNR.  These can be sent to

My own response (which has been registered) was;

As a member of the Hermanus Botanical Society and a keen walker, amateur botanist, photographer and birder, I wish to state my strong objection to the plans presented for the further development of Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

This reserve is world-renowned for its dedication to preserving the integrity of our natural heritage and serves as a window into the fascinating flora and fauna of the region.  All it requires in terms of future development is the retention and upkeep of its wonderful network of paths, which allow the public to wander freely and enjoy and discover nature at its best.  Trying to convert it to some form of theme park is abhorrent to all nature lovers and the idea of cableways and cafes reflects a mindset which is completely at odds with the original Fernkloof ideals.

I cannot stress strongly enough the antipathy which your proposals generate within the community of Hermanus nature lovers, be they birders, botanists, zoologists or whatever, and I urge you and your colleagues who are responsible for this new plan to think again and withdraw your proposals, in favour of retaining the present state of FNR, but with better attention to the maintenance of the paths so that more people are able to enjoy our wonderful heritage in safety and comfort.

K R Hazell


Birders may be interested in attending this potentially interesting talk at U3A.

 Thursday 12 October in the Municipal Auditorium at 17.30

 Why scientists and politicians disagree about manmade global warning

 Very recently the US Government caused a furore when the country was withdrawn from the Paris Accord on climate change. U.S. Government spokespersons cited the cost of measures proposed and that likely benefits did not warrant such expenditure. The controversy revealed deep differences of opinion about the science that lies behind this crucial issue. U3A is privileged to host the distinguished South African physicist Dr Don Mingay whose presentation will focus on the theory of manmade global warming.

Dr Mingay has worked at the UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Establishment at Harwell, The International Atomic Energy Authority in Vienna and here in South Africa at Pelindaba.  He has published more than 100 scientific papers in recognised scientific journals. For the last 15 years he has taken a very active interest in energy production and its relationship with the ongoing debate on climate change and the environment.

For some years politicians and the media have accepted that the earth will experience catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) unless the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) arising from the use of fossil fuels is drastically reduced. Dr Mingay will review the scientific evidence for the CAGW hypothesis. He will discuss atmospheric CO2, sea level changes, ocean acidification, extreme weather events, how polar bears are faring, the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps and other related topics.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear a clear exposition of what the Paris Accord is all about.  And why many distinguished scientists, like Dr Mingay, are so concerned that attempts to question the CAGW hypothesis are met with the response that ‘the science is settled’.

Come along and judge for yourself.

Bird Calendars


Bird Calendars produced by the Tygerberg Bird Club for 2018 are available at R100 each.  Interested persons should please contact Craig at  to place orders before the end of October.

HBC Stand at the Fernkloof Flower Festival


This is our stand which is wonderful. We have nests of all sizes and Mike Ford has been there helping to identify which nest belongs to which species.

A huge thanks to Pat and Guy Redford who have designed the stand, made and decorated the stand and erected it. A thanks too to Vuyo who helps Guy.

Please be sure to visit the Festival and visit our stand – you will be proud to be a member of the HBC. Again BIG thanks to the Redfords and to all who contributed nests and pictures!


Last Appeal for Nests


Please remember that we want lots of nests (but only abandoned ones) for our stand at the Fernkloof Flower Festival.  Pat Redford will be constructing our stand and asks that you please bring them to the meeting on Wednesday evening (13 Sept at 5:30 pm).  There is a good chance that the recent high winds will have caused some to be blown down, so it is an ideal time to see what you can find.