Posted on 4th October 2009 by Paul Marshall in


We hope you will enjoy this unique part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, part of an ecosystem that has been recognized internationally as a World Heritage Site and which therefore merits conservation.

A Conservancy is established by a voluntary agreement between two or more landowners to manage the environment with the assistance of the relevant authority, in this case the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board.

A group of committed conservationists on The Island got together with the aim of applying to WCNCB to resister the Island as a Conservancy for the purpose of:

  • Establishing a community project to share the management of the environment
  • To protect and increase the wildlife of  the Island
  • To protect and maintain the existing ecosystems
  • To promote and increase areas of indigenous plants and trees
  • To enhance The Island’s conservation status as well as improve it’s nature-based aesthetic and economic value
  • To promote environmental awareness among the residents of The Island
  • To improve the quality of life.

Sedgefield Island Conservancy has been registered since 2003 and is part of the Outeniqua Forum – the representative gathering of all 24 conservancies from Mosselbay to the Crags and inland. These are in turn part of the greater movement by WCNCB to establish mega-reserves from the Cederburg in the Cape to Addo in the Eastern Cape, with the intention of linking large areas for conservation.

Sedgefield Island Conservancy has over 250 members who display membership signs at their houses, and many of whom are active in the Conservancy’s projects. Our projects are community driven, with members working from personal conviction and commitment. It is not a policing body and seeks to work with common purpose.

Some of our Projects:

  1. We undertake alien eradication ( monthly work parties)
  2. We plant indigenous trees and plants
  3. We undertake rubbish removal and organise placing of rubbish bins with Municipal assistance
  4. We have prepared a fishing code of conduct as a guide to fishermen
  5. We have had made and are selling tortoise protection signs
  6. We have indigenous plant sales to raise funds to plant gardens on the verges.
  7. We purchase and erect information boards
  8. We publish conservancy info and news in the local news papers
  9. We maintain the bird sanctuary and envirogardens
  10. We attend courses to add to our knowledge



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