The Hermanus Bird Club wishes all its members and readers a very happy and blessed holiday. If you are on the road, travel safely and enjoy your time with friends and family.
Remember to keep your eyes peeled for those special birds which may occur in your area.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2019 and hope that somebody with some minimal accounting skills will step forward and take on the position of Club Treasurer. This is a serious request, as the club will be without a Treasurer next year. Come on – do your bit for the HBC!!
Faansie Peacock’s Bird Book for Kids , first reported here on 20 August, is now available at a cost of R330. If you want a copy, please contact Craig Holmes (now back with us) before the 19th of October. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Redford has put a great deal of work into setting up and running our stand at the Flower Festival and deserves a round of applause! Well done Pat and your team. She sent me a few photos which are appended.
Please be reminded that any requests for the 2019 calendars (see previous posting) must be submitted to Mike Bryan before the cut-off date which is Friday 21 September.
Please also remember that the Challenge starts on 1 October and entries need to be submitted as per the previous notice in this respect.
The Tygerberg Bird Club is again offering their beautiful Bird Calendars at R110 each
To ensure that you get one please make payment by EFT to Hermanus Bird Club, FNB Hermanus, A/C No. 62107045892 clearly stating Calendar and Purchaser’s name.
Cut off for sales will be mid-September 2018.
Please direct any queries to me at email email@example.com
As a parent, I truly believe that the greatest gift you can give to your child is an interest in nature. So as an author, artist and dad, I am very proud to officially present my latest project: FAANSIE’S BIRD BOOK! The first ever fully fledged field guide for kids! The book is a whole new approach to birding, with minimum text and maximum fun. There’s loads of stuff to keep kids entertained: games, challenges, questions, trivia, hidden objects. The book covers all 722 bird species in South Africa – not just a few common or obvious ones. Also available in Afrikaans. Herewith a little sneak peek…
Please remember to let Pat Redford know if you have any bird skulls, bills or skeletons that she might be able to use for the HBC stand at the Fernkloof Flower Festival in September. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an urgent appeal!!
We have recently been notified that an application has been made to the Overstrand Municipality to build a whisky/gin distillery on the dirt road between the villages of Rooiels and Pringle Bay. This is currently a pristine, highly sensitive ecological area, accessible only on foot (and by car on a dirt road to only a handful of small-holding owners). It is a prime birding area, attracting many local and international birders, who come to see the Cape Rock Jumper and Ground Woodpecker, amongst others.
The application touts the merits of attracting vast numbers of tourists to the area to visit the distillery, and of course, service vehicles will be necessary for the operation of the distillery, as well as other impacts caused by an industrial activity. Distilleries also represent very significant fire hazards.
This area is also a buffer zone for the 51st (Kogelberg) Biosphere.
The Overstrand Municipality has invited interested parties to lodge comments concerning the application. Comments and objections are due by 3 August 2018.
TO LODGE AN OBJECTION, please e-mail Overstrand Municipality Manager via email@example.com