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A chance to see our wildlife

A chance to see our wildlife

For the first time, the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area is showing off our rich wildlife to visitors. From Saturday 29 July, the team will offer guided tours in the SMA – including a special visit to the buffalo boma, and to the vlei.

Why do zebra have stripes?

Why do zebra have stripes?

A new study is answering this question: how and why do zebra have stripes? And the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area is helping to answer this. Brenda Larison is an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles …

A special visit and sighting

A special visit and sighting

Our Nuwejaars hippos really know how to impress. And they did just that when the Suidpunt Conservation Society (Suidpunt Bewarings Vereniging) visited the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area. 

A historic signing on SMA

A historic signing on SMA

The Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area played host to a historic moment in the Overberg. Both the Overberg District and Cape Agulhas Municipalities signed the Durban Commitment, during a Wetlands Awareness.

Buttonquail Bash 2017

Buttonquail Bash 2017

By Wim de Klerk. “It was still raining and cold when I arrived at the Nuwejaars Wetland Buttonquail Bash this morning, but nothing that a hot coffee and homemade rusks couldn’t fix. No-one seemed in a hurry as it was cold and wet outside.

Educating youth groups

Educating youth groups

One of the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA members Strandveld Wines, Home of First Sighting hosted some children at the vineyards from our local school in Elim.

Conservation Manager sought

Conservation Manager sought

The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area is looking to employ a Conservation Manager: Planning, Monitoring and Development. The position will be based in the Agulhas Plain area, in the Overberg. The deadline for the application

Management burn on the SMA

Management burn on the SMA

The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area and partners undertook a management burn on the SMA this past week, burning around 410 hectares of limestone fynbos. The fynbos was between 25 and and 30 years old, and therefore …

A wonderful sight

A wonderful sight

This is a Liparia splendens, commonly known as the ‘geelkoppie’ or ‘klipblom’. They’re quite a rare sight normally, so lovely to see them light up the SMA’s fynbos.

Wild‎fire next to the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA

Wild‎fire next to the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA

The Greater Overberg FPA Working on fire fire fighters show just how brave they are. This chopper pilot, fighting a huge wild ‎fire next to the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA, scoops water from an SMA …

Caring for our bontebok

Caring for our bontebok

The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area’s role includes to care for the animals living within the area’s 45,000 hectares. Bontebok – once critically endangered – are also found here. Protecting the animals …

Buffalo and Blue Cranes

Buffalo and Blue Cranes

A day in the life of a Junior Ranger. The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (NWSMA) played host to the Agulhas National Park Junior Rangers in July. Nine young nature lovers and their parents visited NWSMA …

Buffalo sale on the Agulhas Plain

Buffalo sale on the Agulhas Plain

Four buffalo belonging to the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area have been sold. The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA) reintroduced the buffalo to the Agulhas …

Conservation Tide

Conservation Tide

The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA) is an innovative, farmer-driven solution to balancing commercial farming with conservation.Denene Erasmus visited farmers in the SMA to learn more about this groundbreaking …

SMA launches new bird hide

SMA launches new bird hide

The Nuwejaars WetlandSpecial Management Area (NWSMA) has launched a new bird hide. The Black Duck Bird Hide has been built below the Zoetendal Winery, owned by Johan de Kock. It was officially opened to the public …

Eco-Warrior Weekend for SMA children

Eco-Warrior Weekend for SMA children

Children living in the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (NWSMA), just outside Bredasdorp in the Overberg, attended a LandCare-funded camp at the beginning of March.

Vulnerability of SMA peat to be studied

Vulnerability of SMA peat to be studied

The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (NWSMA) is to be the focus of an extensive climate change study. Researchers plan to assess the buried peat beds that characterise the wetland …

Climate change chief visits SMA

Climate change chief visits SMA

The German government’s international climate finance chief, Norbert Gorissen, visited the SMA late in October. The visit allowed Gorissen to see the climate change adaptation projects undertaken by the SMA …

New hippo calf spotted on Agulhas Plain

New hippo calf spotted on Agulhas Plain

A new hippopotamus calf has been born on the Agulhas Plain. Five hippo were reintroduced to the area by the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (NWSMA) in 2010.

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