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Media Release: Enthusiasts invited to inaugural Camdeboo National Park Birding Weekend

29 September 2009

Camdeboo National Park will host its first ever Birding Weekend from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2009.

Birders and birding enthusiasts are invited to join in activities to experience the Park’s wide diversity of habitats, wildlife and bird species. In addition, participants will make a significant contribution to the Park’s bird database, which currently numbers 220 species. Local birding enthusiasts are convinced that this database is not comprehensive and hope the birding weekend will result in new bird records being included.

The Park’s bird database includes the vulnerable Ludwig’s Bustard and Blue Crane as well as the near-threatened Black Harrier. A wide diversity of bird species - from the largest bird on earth, the Ostrich, to the diminutive African Firefinch - can be spotted in the various habitats of the Park.

The birding weekend will offer two options: a scheduled programme of organised excursions and informal birding opportunities.

The programme kicks off on Friday evening, 30 October with registration and a cheese-and-wine at the Park’s offices off the N9 towards Middelburg. Participants will receive a birding pack including information sheets on birding in the Park, a Park map and datasheets on which to record observations.

The excursions, led by Park rangers, will depart from 06:00 on Saturday morning to the Nqweba Dam wetlands, the Park’s eastern section and Winterhoek. There will also be a beginner’s excursion led by a birding expert. Datasheets will be returned to Park’s offices at the end of the day.

Renowned expert, Tim Hobson, will talk on Karoo birds at Gannalapa during the evening’s venison spit-braai function.

For those who wish to indulge in birding at their own pace, the informal birding programme allows access to the Game Viewing Area, Eerstefontein Trail, Valley of Desolation and Education Centre surrounds.

Informal birding excursions will take place on Sunday 1 November.

An R80 registration fee covers access to the Camdeboo National Park for the entire weekend as well as the Saturday evening spit-braai and talk.

For more information, contact Diane Rossouw on tel: (049) 892 3453 or e-mail:

Have a look at the programme of activities for the birding weekend.

Issued by:

South African National Parks (SANParks)

Media Enquiries:

Megan Taplin, Regional Communications Manager, Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra National Parks, tel: (042) 233 8609

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