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The bird hide, originally erected in Marina Beach, has been safely relocated to where it can serve the keen birding public.
This comes as a result of tireless work by Jacques Sellschop in collaboration with other major role players and especially Piet Massyn and Alan Williams at Mpenjati.
Grant and Sabina Denman of Marina Beach made a substantial contribution to the Marina Beach conservation fund and they kindly agreed it could be put towards this project. This speeded up the process significantly, as funding is always so difficult to come by.
Jane Franz of Marina Beach Conservation Group said the bird hide was transferred on a flatbed recently to the car park at Mpenjati South. “It’s a beautiful location with a good view of both the lagoon area and the sea. Toilets, taps, lawn and braai facilities all within easy reach, so there is something for everyone,” she said.
Ms Franz said there were a few very tense moments during the move and there was some damage to the roof from low hanging branches, but otherwise it went fairly smoothly.
The bird hide was relocated to the car park in Mpenjati South.
However, she praised the reserve staff who assisted with the physical placement of the hide and immediately got to work to clean it up. “The pride and excitement of these staff members was very apparent. This makes the already wonderful Mpenjati Reserve even more enticing, especially for birders. Now we hope to see the return of the flamingos,” she said.