Papkuilsfontein – A veritable Garden on the Bokkeveld Plateau

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For those of you who don’t know it, Papkuilsfontein is a farm 25km south of Nieuwoudtville, and it is endowed with more of the most wonderful spring flowers anyone could ever wish to see. We have visited there on many occasions, but none were better then our two day stay last week, when we were housed in the beautiful De Hoop cottage, in the midst of the most magnificent fields of flowering Bulbine.

We had driven up the R364 from the Biedouw Valley on Thursday and were impressed with some of the flowers along the route (these appear in my Biedouw Valley post) and by the time we reached Papkuilsfontein, things did not look that great, however, a change was in store! Alri greeted us with her usual enthusiasm, albeit tempered by the Covid regulations, and we set of on a drive to the north of the main house, where…

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Flowers of the Biedouw Valley area

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Whilst the fields of massed daisies are the most spectacular sights in the area, the individual flowers are wonderful as well and one is amazed at the colourful variety. Naming them is another problem and we spent much time poring over our reference books.

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The Amazing Biedouw Valley in Spring

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We left Hermanus on Wednesday morning, intending to take the direct route via Wuppertal to the Biebouw Valley, but the weather was foul, with a very strong north-wester blowing, so we ended up driving straight to Clanwilliam instead. The overcast conditions would have meant that any flowers would have remained closed.

It was a wise decision as the weather never let up at all. We checked into our cottage at Boskloof Swemgat, some 15 km SE of Clanwilliam, and it promised to be a comfortable night, but what little light there was went out with a power cut at eight o’clock, so we had a bath and went to bed!

Thursday morning was clear and fine! We set off over the beautiful Pakhuis pass en route to the Biedouw Valley. Everything looked good, but there were still very few massed flowers around. All that changed as we went down the…

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Courses offered by BirdLife Overberg

 

Dear John,

Hope this finds you well and safe. The ‘Flying Higher’ online bird identification and celebration courses are very popular and due to the demand it was decided to adapt the courses in line with the latest partial lifting of Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions. Two courses focusing largely on birding opportunities in National Parks in the Western Cape have been developed for this time of year. The West Coast National Park talk (as an example) focuses on the terrestrial birds and flowers and not the waders – the latter will be done in a talk later on in the year.

We attach the flyers, as well a document reflecting some comments made by participants in these courses. Herewith the schedule of our bird courses for the next month.

# 15 & 16 August: Launch of the “Getting more out of Birding” lecture series

# 19 to 26 August: Celebrating our Summer Migrants

# I to 8 September: The second course in the “Getting more out of Birding” lecture series

# 5 & 6 September: The Secret Worlds of Birds of Prey (Part 2) to coincide with International Vulture Awareness Day.

We have been reasonably successful in signing up new members to bird clubs through these courses. It will be appreciated if you would kindly forward this information to your members, friends and colleagues. Keep in mind that gift vouchers for these courses are also available – an ideal gift for those interested in our feathered friends.

All enquiries and requests for registration forms to Anton at birding@overberg.co.za or 082 550 3347 or Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or 082 455 8402.

Your support of this is appreciated.

Warm regards and be safe.

Anton

Dr. Anton Odendal

          BirdLife Overberg

Manager: CleanMarine campaign

Manager: www.westerncapebirding.co.za

          Email: birding@overberg.co.za

          (c): +27 82 550 3347

The Flyers are

Flyer Birds of Prey 2    

Flyer National Parks – Copy

Flyer National Parks 2

Flyer Summer Migrants