There was a bird monitoring activity carried out at Rondebosch common traffic circle; Ryan Road Park; Silwood Triangle and Koornhoop Corner and N2 patch. The activity was carried out to evaluate the bird species that are currently found in these four areas. This was done as a control evaluation, before Fynbos planting begins in the four specified areas.
Once the restoration process begins, we will continue monitoring the birds in the area. We would like to see if there will be an increase in the local bird species that help support Fynbos vegetation growth.
About Monitoring activities
At Communitree we want to make sure that our work has a positive impact on the wider ecological functioning of the city's green infrastructure. That means that we want to go our and monitor our own work. We do this in different ways. One way is that we go out to our greening sites and we monitor the plants and the vegetation. We monitor for plant diseases, impact by the drought, damage to the plants, and other issues. If anything is wrong, our monitoring team will report this and our gardening volunteers will look into the matter. At the same time, we look for new plant growth, we try to observe the species that are present, and we see if everything is going according to the plan that we devised for the plot.
Another type of monitoring is related to the bird monitoring. By counting birds on our sites, we can get an idea of the ecological functioning of our plot. We are working together with the Iingcungcu sunbird project and the Cape Bird Club when it comes to training and bird monitoring, and we are excited to see what comes out of these efforts. To join bird monitoring work, you must have received some training, but we can always use an extra pair of eyes, in case you have not yet gone through the training.