We’re proud to announce that renowned expert Peter Lawson has been appointed at Likweti to start our bird count verification. Says Peter – “I visited Likweti on 10 November 2013 and listed 97 bird species. It is a fabulous birding area with a variety of habitats and I have not covered them all yet, so expect the list to grow. Anyone visiting or any residents interested in birds will have a great time with plenty to see on the Estate.”
Peter, now retired, was a bird tour guide for 30 years and had his own tour operation company which is now run by his daughter.
A recent achievement is that Peter and three other bird atlas observers have been officially granted permission to collect bird atlas data in Kruger National Park, away from tourist roads. The permission is granted until 31 December 2016.
The other official observers are:
- Dr Ian Whyte, a professional biologist who worked and lived in Kruger National Park for 37 years and is co-author of the Roberts Bird Guide, Kruger National Park.
- Bruce Lawson, who is based north of Pafuri and is an official trainer of field guides, rangers and the like. Part of the training he offers is bird identification courses. Bruce also leads wilderness trails in the Park and is licensed to walk in Kruger.
- Duncan McKenzie, who is the Mpumalanga Regional Co-ordinator for SABAP2. Duncan is a Terrestrial Ecologist by profession.
- The data collected on an on-going basis will also be added to the Bird Atlas Project.
To find out more about the ecology at Likweti, click here.