Ringing – the Fynbos setting

Our Fynbos bird ringing / bird banding site is set within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a region described as the hottest of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. This region is home to 9,600 plant species (70% of which are endemic), more than three times the tally of its closest rival, South American rain forest. Our site lies within this region, specifically in the Fynbos Biome, and within that biome, in the West Coast Renosterveld Bioregion. The landscape in this area is dominated by the Paardeberg Mountain – a granite pluton or intrusion. The lowlands below were historically Renosterveld, but are now largely an agriculturally-dominated landscape. At higher elevations, such as on the Paardeberg, the Renosterveld transitions to Fynbos. Our primary bird ringing / bird banding site for the Fynbos Expedition is located on private property that extends from the lowland agricultural landscape up to the top of the wild Paardeberg. The lower-lying parts of the property form part of a working wine and olive farm, with beautiful olive orchards and vineyards. A winery on the farm crafts its own small-batch wines. The upper reaches of the property are conserved as a formal Nature Reserve that covers part of the threatened Renosterveld habitat and the incredibly bio-diverse Fynbos habitat at the top of the mountain. Our other ringing sites are located on similar properties around the granite mountain, covering a wide variety of habitats that maximise the diversity of birds we are able to catch and ring.

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