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Posted on 4th October 2009 by Paul Marshall in

CONTACT US:       secretary@sedgefieldislandconservancy.co.za

 

 

WELCOME TO SEDGEFIELD ISLAND CONSERVANCY: 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 which therefore merits conservation.

 

What is a Conservancy?

A Conservancy is established by a voluntary agreement between two or more landowners to manage the environment with the assistance of CAPE NATURE.

A group of committed conservationists on The Island got together with the aim of applying to CAPE NATURE to register 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 and improve its aesthetic and economic value.
  • To promote environmental awareness among the residents of The Island.
  • To improve the quality of life and security.

 

Sedgefield Island Conservancy has been registered since 2003 and is part of the Garden Route Conservancy Forum, which is the representative gathering of all conservancies from Mosselbay to the Crags. They are in turn, part of the greater movement to establish mega-reserves from the Cederburg in the Western Cape to Addo in the Eastern Cape with the focus to link large areas for conservation.

Ours is a community driven project, with members working from personal conviction and commitment. It is not a policing body and seeks to work together with common purpose.

Those of you who use The Island for recreation may have noticed some of our work.

 

Some Projects:

  • Alien eradication (monthly work parties)
  • Planting indigenous trees and plants.
  • Removal of rubbish and placing rubbish bins.
  • We have prepared a fishing code of conduct as a guide to fishermen.
  • We have had made and erected tortoise awareness signs.
  • We have speed signs and wildlife awareness signs on The Island.
  • We purchase and erect information boards.
  • We have erected 2 mosaic tortoises at the entrances of The Island.
  • We publish conservancy information and news in the local newspapers and our newsletters.
  • We have an information booklet available on request.
  • We maintain the bird sanctuary and envirogardens.
  • We attend courses to add to our knowledge.
  • We host a social soup and sherry evening for our members.
  • We have put up bag dispensers for dog owners to clean up after their dogs.
  • We have erected a new sign on Fish Eagle Green.
  • We have created a Nature Walk along the vlei from Charles te Water to President Steyn Street.
  • We have placed benches along the Nature Walk.
  • We have compiled a list of birds found on The Island.
  • We are looking to create a permanent sanctuary for the colonial nesting birds to lessen conflict with humans.
  • We help rescue wildlife.
  • Please be aware that the Endangered Knysna Seahorses breed in the vlei around the Island and this is a no wake idle speed only zone for boating.
  • We have a conservancy project on iNaturalist
  • Sedgefield Island Conservancy · iNaturalist

 

PLEASE SUPPORT US IN THIS LONG-TERM PROJECT

LET’S ALL LIVE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

 

www.sedgefieldislandconservancy.co.za

 

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