Dibanisa Lesson 6: Beach Clean-up (Part 2)

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 22nd November 2011

Last week’s Dibanisa lesson consisted of a beach clean-up along Danger Point with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

The kids were divided into 4 teams and were assigned an adult. Michelle handed out plastic bags for collecting rubbish as well as plastic gloves. Each team received a score card on which they would record the rubbish that they had collected.

Michelle also introduced Benjamin, from the Overstrand Municipality’s Environmental Management department, who was there to tell the children more about the Black Oyster Catchers that nest along the coast.

The intrepid rubbish collectors set off along the beach and did not only find rubbish,

but also came across a mother seal and her pup amongst the rocks. This, however, was a mixed blessing because the seal had been injured.

The team from DICT suspect that she had been attacked by a shark and she and pup were both very weak. Benjamin showed us a Black Oyster Catcher nest and told us more about the Black Oyster Catcher. He took the GPS coordinates which will be recorded for future use.

After about 30 minutes, we gathered together to see who had collected the most rubbish.

We then headed back to the Great White House for hotdogs and some colddrink!

A special thanks to the team from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust for their assistance, as well as their hospitality, the teachers from Die Bron and to Natasha and Jakob from FFSA, as well as to Susan who was our driver for the afternoon! Next week is our camp, which is also our last lesson for 2011!

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