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    Default Vulture Rehab Centre - Harties - new project

    Hi Guys,

    I visted a Vulture rehab centre near Harties on Sunday and they urgently require two enclosures to be built, one is for a breeding pair of Martial Eagles and the other for a pair of Lappet-Faced Vultures. They have been let down by some other guys and these two enclosures need to be built like in the next two weeks.

    Kerri Wolter runs the rehab centre and she is involved with the EWT, Mazda Wildlife fund, Eskom, WWF amongst others, she is receives birds from all of Gauteng, The North West, parts of Limpopo, the Northern Cape. She recieved a vulture just recently that was found at the Emerentia Shopping Centre !!

    The enclosures are 20m long x 6m wide x 4m high. The help they need is to put in a small foundation and retaining wall (about 1 to 1.5m high) and plant the poles and build the basic shape of the enclosure. there is a fencing company who will come in and cover the enclosure with diamond mesh.

    Coastal Hire Randburg is going to sponsor us an auger to dig the pole holes, am still trying to get a trencher.

    Kerri is also in need of a large quantity of shade cloth and and some "tennis" gates for the enclosures, so if you know of anybody who can help with these, please let us know.

    Back to the work, we can camp at the centre, it is not a camping ground but there is plenty of space and Kerri has said we can use her pool, shower, toilet etc. I am looking to get a team out there for the 27th to the 30th. With a few extra hands I think we can manage the job. If you cannot come out for the whole time, don't stress, your help, just for 1 day will be hugely appreciated.

    Here are some photos of the existing enclosures to show you what we will be building and for whom.
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    Doug, you can count me in - not sure which days I'll be available but def 27th and possibly the 28th.

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    Thanks Terry,

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    Tentative:

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    Doug,

    Any materials on site yet ?

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    All materials are on site, poles, cement, brackets, bolts etc. Only thing missing that i know of, is the phyical gates for the enclosures.

    We won't be doing the fencing.

    We will need to take along some digging tools, maybe a generator and a drill or two. Coastal Hire randburg have sponsored us an auger to dig the pole holes.


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    Hi Doug,

    Put me down as a tentative - I'm still working during that week, but I'll try finish up early to get down there.

    Cheers,
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    Confirmed:

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    An update .. Duncan trollip from Allquip Hire has lent us a trencher, auger and trailer for this job, for free. The rental on the trencher alone would be R1200 p/d and we collect tomorrow & return when we are finished.

    Allquip have branches in Wynberg, Randburg & Boksburg.


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    Nice work guys, excellent project. Wish I was closer.

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    Hi Doug,

    Sadly I'll not be able to make it. Work is confirmed for that week.

    Apologies,
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    It's all good, There will be plenty to help with later on.

    I delivered the trencher & auger there this morning and will be out there from Sunday morning.

    Once I've caught up with myself, will post GPS co-ords & basic directions.


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    see you Sunday morning - what time will you be there Doug?

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    Hi Terry,

    Will probably arrive about 11am.

    The centre is on the Boekenhoutskloof Rd (#121), off the R514 (van der Hoff) from PTA

    GPS Co-ords for turn-off (Boekenhoutskloof) - S25 42.951 E27 56.922

    Vulture centre - S25 42.659 E27 57.165

    I have attached a PDF map to give you a bit of an idea as well.
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    Hi All,,

    Terry, Jenni & I arrived on Sunday and started work with Kerrie & Dominic on getting the foundation trenches dug.

    Are we glad that we have the trencher and augers, the ground is crazy hard after the initial 30cm or so.

    We got most of the trenches done on sunday and then tried the small auger on the first pole hole, NO WAY, the ground was just too hard, so early Monday I called our sponsor and he has supplied a bigger unit which i went into Randburg to fetch.

    AJ arrived while I was gone and the guys cleaned up the trenches etc. When the new auger arrived we started with the holes and managed to get 4 poles dug & planted before AJ had to leave this afternoon.

    We let AJ play around with a few of the birds as well but he really needs to be careful of who & what he lets into his pants!!

    here are some pics of the trencher & auger in action, even the girls were working all day, you can see how hard the ground was from the pic of the hole, and then there is pole duty and AJ playing with a spotted Eagle owl, a cape vulture & a Bateleur Eagle.
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    I might be able to help with the shadecloth. Will check tomorrow on excess stock left from a previous project - it's not perfect, but only a few eyelet tear holes. I can't 'give it away' but we can certainly see to something at a very reduced price. PM me via mobile OH ate three 726 seven three double One around midday tomorrow. I am in CT - but if I have enough cloth - would like it to go to a good cause - if I remember correctly, it is quite a 'heavy' shade - dark green that was stored after a project. Regards Jeremy (jeremiah)
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    Default Vulture project - Feedback 20091229

    Hi All,

    Another very fine day here at the Vulture centre.

    We started the day releasing two Cape Vultures & a Sparrowhawk back into the wild on a private farm near Skeerpoort.

    When we gort back to the centre, Garrett had arrived and we got back to digging holes etc. We had a very successful day even though we hit rock when digging the pole holes.

    We have finished the base layout of the one structure and have started the second and should finish it tomorrow.

    The labour is starting to take it's toll now , the muscles are tired, the blisters are showing, IT hands do not make light work of pole holes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremiah View Post
    I might be able to help with the shadecloth. Will check tomorrow on excess stock left from a previous project - it's not perfect, but only a few eyelet tear holes. I can't 'give it away' but we can certainly see to something at a very reduced price.
    Hi Jeremiah,
    Thanks very much, just saw your message.
    pls pm me pricing and will offer it to kerri, how much do you have?


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    Default Vulture project - feedback 20091230

    Hi All,

    We are back from our days of digging & planting poles.

    The end result of our 4 days of labour is that the basic structures of the two enclosures is built. All foundation trenches are dug and supporting poles are dug & planted.

    Thanks must go to Terry, AJ and Garrett who at short notice came out and sweated & bled with us. Without their help we would not have got so far.

    A huge thanks must also go to Allquip Hire, who lent us a trencher and then when the little auger didn't make a dent gave us a much bigger better one to use. These guys basically sponsored us to equipment rental the tune of about R5000 over the 4 days, please support them.

    Coastal hire randburg also lent us an Auger and a few other small tools.

    Kerri passes on her thanks to all who helped.

    There will be some ongoing work work available at the centre and once we have got it sorted we will post the details.


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    Doug, big thanks to you for organising this project - was glad to be a part albeit only for two days!

    A lot more work still to be done there and a lot more that we as a community can do.

    Keep me posted please.

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