STANFORD –The HEART of BIRDING in the OVERBERG by Brummer Olivier WHAT MAKES A BIRDING HOTSPOT? • • • • • • SPECIALS. (Local endemics and rare birds) INFRASTRUCTURE. (Bird lists, Routes, Guides) ACCOMMODATION. (BLSA Birder Friendly) RESIDENT AND BUSINESS INTEREST. ACCESSABILITY. AN AREA WITH GOOD HABITAT DIVERSITY AND SCENERY. Similarities between Stanford and Wakkerstroom. • Both are popular rural towns with a rich history. • Both are easily accessible from major cities. • Both offer good accommodation facilities and good infrastructure. • Both have good birding possibilities and are rich in endemics. So what makes Wakkerstroom different? • BLSA offices. • Trained guides who almost guarantee sightings of sought after birds. • Birding routes and info compiled in a booklet. • Bird hides. • Birder Friendly Accommodation and businesses. What do we have and what do we need to make Stanford a Birding Hotspot? BIRDFAIR EXISTING AND POTENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE POPULAR BIRDING HOTSPOT ENDEMISM Of the 68 ENDEMIC bird species in South Africa, 30 occur within close proximity of Stanford! STANFORD SPECIALS Southern Double-collared Sunbird Forest Buzzard Jackal Buzzard Grey-winged Francolin Cloud Cisticola Sentinel Rock-thrush Fiscal Flycatcher Cape Rock-thrush Cape Clapper Lark Cape Grassbird Hottentot Buttonquail Southern Tchagra Large-billed Lark Agulhas Long-billed Cape Bulbul Karoo Prinia Lark Black Harrier Cape Rockjumper Pied Starling Swee Waxbill Cape Siskin Cape Weaver Cape Spurfowl Victorin’s Warbler Cape White-eye Knysna Woodpecker Cape Sugarbird Ground Woodpecker Southern Black Korhaan Orange-breasted Sunbird INFRASTRUCTURE • An information guide containing a complete list of the birds of the area as well as a detailed map with routes on where to locate the specials. • Trained BLSA guides. • Special activities eg cycling routes, wine farms, river trips etc. • Bird hides. • Accessible birding destinations in the area. ACCOMMODATION • All interested accommodation establishments should be geared for birders in terms of meal times, birding media and general interest. • Becoming a Birder Friendly establishment through BLSA requires the above and is good for marketing RESIDENT AND BUSINESS INTEREST • Gardens and the layout thereof attract lots of birds. • Businesses selling bird books and other related items. • Art and craft relating to birds of the area. • Welcoming to birders. ACCESSIBILITY • Stanford is ideally situated for birders arriving in Cape Town and who would like to explore a wider area. • The surrounding farm roads are easily accessible for normal sedan cars. • Existing operations offer river and ocean trips AREA WITH GOOD HABITAT DIVERSITY AND SCENERY BIRDFAIR: What do we have? • • • • • • Talks and Slideshows Photographic Competition Outings Market Gin Tasting Kids activities and Shows What can we add to this to make it attractive to birders from all over the country? • A good chance to see the special Endemics of the area! • Outings with a difference. • Good hospitality. • Low carbon footprint. • Social responsibility. Suggested Bird outings for the Fair • Kleinrivier boat trip. Late afternoon sundowners. (Gin tasting) • Guided birding tour through town on bicycle. • Tafelberg endemics trip. (Salmonsdam) • Farmland loops for wheat field specials. • Danger Point. (I&J) • Cheese Farm and Wine farms. • Exciting activities for the children eg Feather hunt, Waterbird ID, colouring competition. MARKETING • Marketing for the Bird Fair should be done over the whole of S.A. through the various Bird clubs. • Stanford Birding Website. • Birds and Birding magazine. • Newspaper articles. • WORD OF MOUTH. What to do from here? • Set priorities for the establishment of above mentioned needs and infrastructure. • Identify the potential role players. • Identify accessible areas where the specials occur eg nesting sites. • Incorporate potential activities into monthly outings. • Establish working relationship with BLSA for the training of guides and registering of birder friendly accommodation. Thank you very much. Now for YOUR input!