Nature reserve hosts activity-filled Birdathon festival

2019-10-15 06:01

The City invites all residents, especially the communities surrounding the False Bay Nature Reserve (FBNR), to enjoy a family day 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; a wetland of international importance.

It is an opportunity for residents to spend the day outdoors discovering a nature reserve right on their doorstep.

What to do:

. Participants can take part in a 4km, 5km or 6km fun walk through the Strandfontein Birding Area section of the reserve. Each child that completes the fun walk will receive a medal and an activity book including fun environmental word games and a quiz about the area. There will also be lots of exciting lucky draw prizes on offer at the end of the walk.

. The festival, which will take place on the banks of the eastern shore of Zeekoevlei, will include a stellar performance by the Steenberg High School Wind Band, interactive activities such as a live bird display by Eagle Encounters Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, a reptile show by the Cape Reptile Club, and a display by the K9 unit and horse unit from the City of Cape Town metropolitan police department.

. There will also be environmental education displays from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, Shark Spotters, BirdLife and more.

. Melomed, a key sponsor of the event, will be providing a facility for basic health screening and information for adults.

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

Registration will take place on Saturday 19 October, from 08:00 to 10:00 at the picnic area on the eastern shore of Zeekoevlei.

Participants in the fun walk can start walking anytime from 08:30 to 10:00.

The festival will start at 09:30 at the Zeekoevlei eastern shore picnic area. The venue will be signposted from the access point off Flowerpecker Street.V Contact events@cteet.co.za for more information.

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