New bird hide at Rooisand Nature
Reserve - bordering Arabella Spa near Betty's Bay
Marje Hemp, Birding Africa's Cape birding specialist, attended the
inauguration of the new bird hide and board walk. She excitedly
reports back about constructing with alien timber, watching Osprey
and visiting the Biodiversity Festival. To book a guided day trip
to Rooisand, please email email@example.com
or phone 021 531 9148.
28 May 2010, Birding Africa attended the launch of the new
bird hide and a 400m wheelchair-friendly board
walk at Rooisand Nature Reserve. Alien timber cleared
from nearby reserves was used, and people from nearby informal
settlements were trained and employed to construct this birding
site. Funded by the Arabella group, the hide was designed by
architect Vernon Head, Chairman of the Cape Bird Club
and Vice Chairman of Birdlife South Africa. The Arabella Starwood
Hotel is the first five-star hotel in South africa to be granted
birder-friendly status by Birdlife South Africa.
Prize sightings for the afternoon were Greater Flamingo,
African Spoonbill and Great White Pelican
in the Bot River Lagoon, African Fish Eagle,
African Marsh Harrier and an Osprey.
It is not certain if this Osprey is overwintering or possibly
breeding in the area. Over 100 species can
be spotted here. Also seen was part of a herd of 23 wild horses
that roam freely in this area.
Part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO-registered),
and along the Overberg Birding Route, Rooisand
is easily reached from Cape Town airport (63 km) or Hermanus
(14 km). It's situated on the Bot River estuary
(also known as the “Botriviervlei”), bordering Kleinmond
Estuary and the Arabella Western Cape Hotel
& Spa. Open 7:30-19:30, access is free of charge.
To book a guided day trip that
includes Rooisand, contact Birding Africa. This visit can include
other key birding sites in the Overberg: Rooiels,
Harold Porter Botanical Garden at Betty's Bay
and the African Penguin colony at Stoney Point.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 021 531 9148 to book.
Marje also attended the Overberg's Biodiversity Festival 2010
at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens in Betty's Bay.
Visitors enjoyed free biodiversity lectures, guided hikes, a
bird identification course and educational exhibits, such as
those by SANBI, Cape Nature Conservation, Cape Bird Club, Dyer
Island Trust, Overberg Bird Route and the Whale Coast Marketing.
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