Birding Big Day 2018 – Final Results

Hermanus Bird Club

The final results are in and I can confirm that (sounds like Strictly Come Dancing!) we scored 155 species and came 77th out of 304 teams.  There were four teams that scored over 300 birds, all from Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, with the winner achieving 323 – a really magnificent number for a 24 hour period!  Our local competition, team Rockjumper, achieved 122 species.  All the results can be viewed at

https://www.birdlasser.com/events/bbd2018?id=zonkeinyoni&id=hamerkop&id=watkykjy&id=soaringisuzu&id=markaslisha

and individual team maps can be accessed by clicking on the team names.  These maps show the locations of every bird recorded and zooming in on them adds detail.  Clicking on the symbols on the map will show the name of the bird seen at that point.

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The Fortingall Yew over 5000 years old

Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle

The Fortingall Yew, a heritage tree of international importance situated in the Highland Perthshire village of Fortingall, eight miles west of Aberfeldy in Scotland.

On a VERY windy day in October, I visited TheFortingall Yew in Glen Lyon the tree is at the geographical heart of Scotland and stands within Fortingall churchyard. It is thought to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old and has connections to early Christianity in Scotland. It is also believed to be one of the oldest living things in Europe. In 1769 the circumference of the yew’s multiple trunks was measured at 52 ft, but this has vastly reduced over time and what remains are the relics and offshoots of the original tree.

The tree is supposedly Pontius Pilate’s Birthplace, this from an early publication (Lloyd’sWeekly Newspaper)

“One of the strongest links with the past which can be found in this country is supplied by…

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