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    Default N17 death highway for Owls.

    Went out on a project drive yesterdya and in the 10km of N17 before Devon, I found 13 owls dead on the road.

    Mostly Marsh Owls but a couple of Grass Owls as well.

    SO not lekker!.
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    Ja Doug, a very infamous stretch indeed! How many drivers actually see those owl signposts let alone take any notice of them.
    This area is one of S.A.Birdlife's big concerns and has been on Carte Blanche some time ago.
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    Dit is jammer, ek weet die mense het al uil voerstasies daar opgesit, dit is jammer die uile word so daar raak gery - hulle doen sulke wonderlike werk.

    Maar, omdat daar mielies mors vanaf die waens, lok dit muise, die lok weer uile en ongelukkig ry die voertuie hulle raak. Dit is hartseer.
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    I tell you it REALLY soured my weekend!

    One of them still had a mouse in it's claws.


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    What can be done to alleviate it? Apart from closing the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushcamp View Post
    What can be done to alleviate it? Apart from closing the road?
    Riaan, I'm not sure.

    I did find a link to a Grass Owl task force from 2008 that was linked to the EWT but the mail for the co-ordinator bounces.

    I know that there was an effort some time ago to plant poles etc for the birds to sit on etc but need to research that more.

    From a quick look around at the info, the Grass owl is listed as Vunerable with less than 5000 known birds left so I dont really want to see any more squashed, but even so, this kind of attrition in such a small area has to have an impact on the overall population and deserves to be looked at.

    have sent the info of this incedent and the one from last month with the owl killed on the power line (same overall area) to my contact at the EWT.
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    If I remember correctly, that whole place is flat as all yesterday, so the poles might make sense. Whilst I'm fairly certain they'll perch there for hunting, I'm not too sure they'll eat there at all, which is the biggest concern.

    Many moons ago I drove the Jo-burg Nata route almost every weekend - up on Saturday, down on Sunday - and drove the last 50 km stretch at night a lot of the times. I saw tons and tons on mice and shrews on the road, and remember wondering whether or not a canal of sorts next to the road may keep them off it (can't tell you how many Night-jars I picked up on that stretch of road, it was awful. Saved a few though ) Maybe in conjunction with some pipes tunneling underneath for other critters as well? but I do think the canal may work best.

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    Doug, I admire you commitment to conservation!
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    Thanks Uys.

    @ Riaan, not much in the way of koppies etc out there definately, anyway will see what response I get from the EWT & the Grass owl project, lets see where this takes us. The night jars are another isuue, hey, damn, why wont they move!


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    The road past Settlers from the N1 towards Marblehall has the same problem.
    Loads of dead Owls on the tar.

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    Thanks for the update Rudolph


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    Hulle moet die trokke konfiskeer as hulle graan mors langs die pad. As dit so aangaan , gaan daar niks oorbly vir ons kinders se kinders.

    Quote Originally Posted by witklipbank View Post
    Dit is jammer, ek weet die mense het al uil voerstasies daar opgesit, dit is jammer die uile word so daar raak gery - hulle doen sulke wonderlike werk.
    Maar, omdat daar mielies mors vanaf die waens, lok dit muise, die lok weer uile en ongelukkig ry die voertuie hulle raak. Dit is hartseer.
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    I have also noticed a loy of dead owls alongside the road.

    Maybe an enforced speedlimit could be imposed in sensitive areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jambo View Post
    I have also noticed a loy of dead owls alongside the road.
    where ?

    same road or other places?


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    Hi Douglas,
    I live out east from Pta and travel to midrand every day via Bapsfontein. So along Garsfontein drive and the R25 to Kaalfontein.

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