Birdlife Lowveld’s latest atlasing SABAP2 efforts initiated by Sappi have shifted focus to Greening the Escarpment of Mpumalanga (GEM) project which incorporates all of Sappi’s properties. This area is immediately west of longitude 31 deg East and stretches from just north of Burgersfort southwards to Piet Retief including Dullstroom and Chrissiesmeer. The project is made up of 378 pentads and Birdlife Lowveld and Escarpment Bird Club (Dullstroom) continue their amalgamated efforts in turning all these pentads green.A total of 525 species have been recorded to date and this is an area, particularly in the south, where very few birders reside or visit and the coverage is extremely sparse. Most of the atlasing efforts in the past had been done by Peter Lawson to increase the provincial coverage and very few lists have subsequently been submitted. This is an area of rolling high altitude grasslands with much agriculture in the form of plantations and monocultures such as maize and soya. So this is an area that is not all that high up on any birders wishlist but no less important than anywhere else in the province in terms of coverage and potential presence of species of conservation significance.
Birdlife Lowveld committee member Jacques de Villiers co-ordinates the project.
The Coverage map shows the project coverage on a pentad scale. To view a more detailed summary of an area, open the relevant areas coverage map from the top menu.
To view the pentad information, click on the pentad, to open a pentad summary, double click.
A 5 minute x 5 minute coordinate grid super-imposed over the continent for spatial reference.