Birds of Greyton’s Common

12 January 2014

 

Sue and Barry Schultz removing entrapped birds from their nets (Photo: Bill Harding)

Sue and Barry Schultz removing entrapped birds from their survey nets (Photo: Bill Harding)

This morning saw the appearance of a small fleet of bird nets on the Greyton Common.  Volunteer birders Sue and Barry Schultz, who hail from Cape Town, were passing through the town on their way home – and a reconnoitre the previous afternoon revealed the Qobos River edge of the Common to be a good site.  They identify, weigh and ring each bird they catch and then release it again.

Drat!  (Photo: Bill Harding)

Drat! (Photo: Bill Harding)

The work done by volunteer monitors of all scientific disciplines is invaluable in today’s world!  Without this continuous stream of information from a variety of locations, our understanding of ecosystem complexity, services and threats would not be as robust as it is.

All safe now.  Just the ring to be added and I'll be off again (Bill Harding)

All safe now. Just the ring to be added and I’ll be off again (Bill Harding)

The Greyton Common is a threatened environment, encapsulating a vegetation type that is Critically Endangered.  Should it not be conserved, yet another fragment of irreplaceable ecosystem will be lost forever.

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