The trap is operated by the PBRA on behalf of the Cape Leopard Trust. It is used to monitor 'resident leopards' as well as other wildlife in the area. In late 2018 and early 2019, after the January 2019 fire, the camera trap was able to confirm a sighting of the resident female 'Rosy' as well as the male.
Female Leopard RosyThis was the first time that the Pringle Bay leopard camera trap was triggered in the presence of a leopard. This leopard is called Rosy
Leopard DiagoThe latest leopard footage of Diago, the new alpha male operating in the Kogelberg Biosphere, who took over from Scotty
The endangered Oystercatchers breed on our beach annually around December. We have specially made signs to mark where their nests are, and we ask that people give them a wide berth in order to preserve their breeding sites.
Oystercatcher Breeding SiteNesting of the Black Oystercatchers normally starts in November and breeding takes place up to April
Oystercatcher Breeding SiteNests are being marked with a signpost and droppers to keep the public at bay
Oystercatcher FamilyThe moment the chicks are born, they are taken to the rocks so that they can learn how to search for food
Oystercatcher FamilyMost of the time the chicks are kept in amongst the safety of the rocks for as long as the tides allow
Click on these posters from BirdLife SA to learn more about them:
Pringle Bay Hacking Group
The purpose of the Hack Group is to eradicate, or at the very least, to limit the growth and spread of invasive alien vegetation in the area with a view to protecting the natural fynbos. That is being done by cutting down and poisoning or uprooting alien plants and trees. Many of the trees are too thick to cut by means of a handsaw and for that reason, a chainsaw is used. The vegetation that is targeted consists mainly of Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops), Port Jackson (Acacia saligna), Pepper Wattle (Acacia longifolia), Australian Myrtle (Leptospernumlaevigatum), New Zealand Christmas Trees (Metrosideros excels), Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii), Pine Trees (Pinuspinaster), and many others listed in the schedules of the relevant conservation legislation.
The Hack Group meets once per month on the last Saturday of the month in Pringle Bay and targets chosen areas in Pringle Bay. In addition, some members, in conjunction with members of the Bettys Bay Hack Group and Rooi Els, form a Wednesday Hack, every Wednesday morning. They hack where the threat is most urgent within the Kogelberg Biosphere area. It is essential that all residents of the Kogelberg Biosphere take note of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations of October 2014. It is our duty to ensure that we secure our heritage, the fynbos, for the generations to come. There are some stiff penalties for landowners who do not comply with the eradication of invasive exotics. The sooner you address the invasion, the easier and cheaper it is to address!
If you want to find out where the hacking team has been busy, scroll down to the monthly Hacking Reports. Find out which invasive aliens have been tackled and share in the team's successes.
Any person who wants to become involved in the fight against the invading exotics is welcome to liaise with Chris Geldenhuys (082 900 8299) the Hack Convenor for Pringle Bay.