Annual Birdathon takes off

2016-04-05 06:00
A festival and family fun walk will take place on Saturday 16 April at the False Bay Nature Reserve Park. There will be activities such as a live bird display by the Eagle Encounters Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, a reptile show and display, as well as a fire safety demonstration.  PHOTO: City of Cape TOwn

A festival and family fun walk will take place on Saturday 16 April at the False Bay Nature Reserve Park. There will be activities such as a live bird display by the Eagle Encounters Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, a reptile show and display, as well as a fire safety demonstration. PHOTO: City of Cape TOwn

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The False Bay Nature Reserve’s annual Birdathon takes off with a family fun walk and festival next weekend.

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with BirdLife South Africa and the Cape Bird Club, will host the festival and family fun walk on Saturday 16 April at the False Bay Nature Reserve Park.

Residents are encouraged to come and enjoy a family day spent outdoors celebrating some of Cape Town’s best wetlands and the diverse birdlife they support.

The reserve is regarded as the most significant natural asset in the Cape Flats district and in 2015 was declared a Ramsar Site, which is a wetland of international importance.

“Through this event, we hope to encourage greater use of the area and create awareness about the importance of this park and the birds, animals and plants that it supports,” says Mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johannes van der Merwe.

“Protecting our natural resources is a team effort. The City, working with partners such as BirdLife South Africa and the Cape Bird Club, actively conserves these important areas as part of our commitment to being a caring city, but we ask communities to support our conservation efforts in return.”

Residents can participate in a 4km, 5km or 6km walk through the Strandfontein Birding Area section of the False Bay Nature Reserve, and do a fun environmental quiz relating to the area. There will also be a lucky draw with prizes on offer at the end of the walk.

The first 950 participants who register early and complete the routes will receive a free lunch courtesy of John Dory’s, which they can enjoy after the walk while picnicking on the banks of the eastern shore of Zeekoevlei.

Other interactive activities include a live bird display by the Eagle Encounters Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, a reptile show and display, a fire safety demonstration, and other exhibitions.

Entry for the event is R5 per person. All profits will go towards conservation activities at the site.

Registration will take place on Saturday 16 April 2016 from 07:30 to 09:30 at the picnic area on the eastern shore of Zeekoevlei.

Participants in the fun walk will be able to walk anytime from 08:00 to 09:30. The festival component will commence at 09:00 at the Zeekoevlei eastern shore picnic area.

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