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Tracking down the source of the Nuwejaars River

Tracking down the source of the Nuwejaars River

How do you find the exact sources of the Nuwejaars River – the namesake of our conservation area? It’s not all that easy – as we found out. Researchers have highlighted one of …

The 2 bird species we’re still tracking

The 2 bird species we’re still tracking

Two bird species are yet to be seen in Overberg 150km Challenge this year. And now we need your help to find them in the Overberg – before the year-end.

Our 2017/18 annual report is available now

Our 2017/18 annual report is available now

For the SMA, it’s been vital to better understand our secretive and complex natural systems. And to then see how our conservation efforts are helping to improve …

15 years later: How we remain on-point

15 years later: How we remain on-point

And so we’re taking a moment to take stock of the achievements of the past 15 years. And to ensure our mandate still continues to meet national and international …

The good and the bad of the drought

The good and the bad of the drought

The Nuwejaars’ thirsty wetlands are enjoying some relief. After months are drought, the recent rains have helped to replenish many of the dry lakes and river.

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 …

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