August 17, 2022

Landowner conservation day: Klein river Perspective – July 2022

on 28 July 2022, at Wortelgat venue, Conservation at Work, together with Walker Bay Conservancy, hosted an engaging day for landowners situated along the Klein river. The day consisted of talks on wildlife monitoring by Mike Fabricius of Walker Bay Conservancy, estuary condition monitoring by Ralph Watson from Dyer Island Conservation Trust, managing fire and aliens by Chris Martens from Fynbos Trust as well as creating protected environments by Dr Giselle Murison from Birdlife SA. Participants enjoyed walks through the fynbos to discuss fire management and a demonstration on baited remote underwater video (BRUV) in the estuary.

Our thanks to all the speakers and to Wortelgat for sponsoring the venue. Heartfelt thanks to Walker Bay Conservancy and Grootbos Foundation for organising the day and sponsoring the gift bags.

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