Community micro-nurseries. Support a local village as part of our community reforestation efforts. Funds will go towards paying micro-nursery owners for indigenous seedlings grown for CPP to use in reforestation programmes; Employment of community members to collect indigenous seeds from forest for micro-nursery owners to germinate seedlings, Employment of community members to run communal nursery
Planting indigenous trees. Sponsor the planting of an indigenous tree. Indigenous trees, particularly the yellowwood, have been historically and even currently targeted for timber. Cape Parrots are extremely dependent on these large indigenous trees for nest sites and food. Although a long-term solution, as these trees take years to produce fruit, we are planting indigenous forest species back into the forest (“rehabilitation”, using a variety of species) and onto private land in the form of “feedlots” (mostly using cape parrot’s preferred species). In addition to providing habitat and food for Cape Parrots, you will be leaving a legacy by perpetuating the existence of our national tree.
Artificial nest boxes. Cape Parrots are secondary cavity nesters and so rely on holes made by other cavity-nesting birds to nest in. They have strict requirements, such as being at the top of a snag (dead tree), as they are long-lived birds and so need to insure their investment in offspring are secure. With historical and current felling of indigenous trees which provided their nest sites, we are building and erecting several hundred artificial nest boxes for them to use. Sponsor a Cape Parrot nest box and provide a safe home for Cape Parrots!
Environmental Education. We want to invest in the teachers in the Amathole Region who can subsequently invest in students for many years to come by outsourcing for a skills development course. The course would target teachers who teach Life Sciences to Grades 10, 11 and 12 and focus on the Biodiversity aspect of the Life Sciences subject, incorporating information on Cape Parrots.
Support Forest Rangers. Recent meetings with national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have confirmed an increase in poaching in the indigenous forests. DAFF currently employs a few rangers however they are routinely absent from the area, as the area to be covered is extensive, and they do not work weekends. Thus, a request has been made to augment ranger numbers and training through collaboration with the CPP. These rangers will also be trained to collect environmental data pertaining to sensitive fauna and flora.
Cape Parrot Project education centre. We want Boscobel to be a site for “inspiration, aspiration and learning” by having an area to give presentations to school groups, tourists and locals to learn about the cape parrot and the work we are doing; as well as having a place to hold meetings with government officials and other stakeholders.
Cape Parrot Project conservation huts on Boscobel. Tourism numbers in Hogsback have been on the increase in recent years. Some tourism operators have reported a 20% increase in numbers since 2015. On average, tourist turnover in Hogsback is believed to be around 20-30 people per day. The Boscobel property undoubtedly provides the best views of the hogsback mountains and in combination with the existing conservation activities and the proposed canopy tour (see below), construction of four ‘conservation cottages’ will provide a viable source of revenue as well as increase awareness for the Cape Parrot Project.
Tree canopy tour. Guided tree canopy tours by means of ‘ziplining’ (sliding safely along a cable in a harness) has become a popular ecotourism activity worldwide. The indigenous forest of Hogsback with its giant age-old trees, high endemism and breath-taking views lends itself well to such a venture. This idea has been discussed with key stakeholders in Hogsback and there is consensus that it will improve much needed tourist visitation considerably. Hogsback already has some great attractions (forests, wildlife, relaxed atmosphere, etc) but because the town is remote and not on a major route, tourism numbers remain comparatively low. However, the addition of this venture to the Hogsback activity portfolio might well convince many tourists to visit the area. Once in Hogsback, it is feasible to assume that at least 80% of visitors will embark on the canopy tour where they will be exposed to the Cape Parrot Project and its conservation activities. The zipline will consist of a several hundred meter long cable spanned between the canopies of indigenous trees. There will be no steep fast-sliding sections and the emphasis will be on education, birding and appreciation of nature.
Research on Cape Parrot: student bursaries. We need to know the parrot in order to conserve it properly. We have a full-time research manager who lives and breathes cape parrots by monitoring their population daily. However, we need students to follow up various aspects of the parrots behavioural ecology that the manager has seen by doing the background literature research, field research and write up on this little known bird.
Running costs. We employ 10 permanent staff who work off a renewable yearly contract. Salaries, fuel, maintenance costs of vehicles and equipment, tools and consumables to run the nursery are all needed.
Please get hold of us for more information on how you as an individual or your business or corporation can get involved in our efforts to save Africa’s most endangered parrot!