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The Owl Box Volume 1

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There’s something good about getting the neighbours to preserve their own environment

There’s something good about getting the neighbours to preserve their own environment Emma Jordan 29 Jul 2016 00:00 Greater Kyalami Conservancy (Gekco) Green Neighbourhood Project  Winner: Community Conservation Award “The focus of the Green Neighbourhood Project is encouraging co-operation and community participation in conservation, planning and management of the greater Kyalami area in collaboration with neighbouring communities, […]

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Grass Owl Chicks Rescued from a Raging Fire

Grass Owl chicks rescued from a raging veld fire TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHS TYRONE MCKENDRY On Wednesday night, 13 July, I received a WhatsApp message saying that baby Marsh Owls had been rescued from a veld fire in the Greater Kyalami conservancy (GEKCO). The message was accompanied by some photos and I immediately recognised that the […]

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Steyn City equestrian centre sparks K56 debate

Steyn City equestrian centre sparks K56 debate KYALAMI – The launch of Steyn City’s equestrian centre has been met with mixed feelings from residents, who believe that Steyn City is intent on building the K56 which they believe will destroy Kyalami’s greenbelt and horse industry. The K56 road, which would provide an east-west link from […]

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Blue Hills development threatens birds – study- 4 March 2014

Blue Hills development threatens birds – study- 4 March 2014 BLUE HILLS – An updated version of the Grass Owl Sensitivity Survey for the proposed development on the corner of the R55 and Summit Road in Blue Hills has been released. Lukas Niemand of Pachnoda Consulting conducted the study for Landscape Architects and Environmental Assessment […]

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Image captures biodiversity threat- 20 February 2014

Image captures biodiversity threat- 20 February 2014   KYALAMI – They say a picture captures a thousand words, and Tyrone Mckendry’s photo of an African grass owl fleeing flames of a veld fire, did just that. His photographs appeared on the front page and page 3 of Midrand Reporter, with the story Red data species […]

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Red data species lose home in flames- 19 November 2013

Red data species lose home in flames- 19 November 2013 BLUE HILLS – ‘HELPLESS’ is how the Greater Kyalami Conservancy’s Tyrone McKendry described how he felt while watching a pair of African Grass- Owls flee from flames as a veld fire destroyed the land next to their nesting site. McKendry, who is the co-ordinator of […]

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African Grass-Owl- Future in Flames?

African Grass-Owl- Future in Flames? We stood helplessly watching a pair of African Grass-Owls (Tyto capensis) fleeing from the ferocious flames as their nesting site was completely destroyed in a matter of minutes. This was the scene in Kyalami on Friday afternoon, 8 November 2013. A fire that was mysteriously started on the vacant land […]

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