The Blue Horizon Bay Conservancy was established to actively implement nature conservation measures in sensitive marine and littoral habitats as well as to promote and protect flora and fauna deeper inland.
All conservation initiatives are conducted under the guidance of conservation authorities, both in The Metro and The Province. Good working relationships have been established and the ungrudging assistance offered to the community is highly valued. The conservancy is led by a management committee elected for a term of one year at an annual general meeting.
Reading interest includes:
- A Field Guide to the Eastern and Southern Cape Coasts, edited by Roy Lubke and Irene de Moor.
- Bring Nature Back to Your Garden by Charles and Julia Botha.
- Southern Cape Tree Guide by P von Breitenbach.
- National list of Indigenous Trees/Nasionale lys van Inheemse Bome by F von Breitenbach.
- Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa by Braam van Wyk and Piet Van Wyk.
- Field Guide to Wild Flowers – Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region by Elsa Pooley.
- Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa by Bill Branch.
- Roberts Birds of South Africa.
- Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa.
- The Sasol Series of Bird Books.
The following are out of print but may be available digitally
- Coast of Storms’ A Maritime story of the Kouga/Tsitsikamma by Colin Urquhart
- East to the Isles – The story of the Bird Islands of Algoa Bay by Colin Urquhart with Norbert Klages
- Wildflowers of the Port Elizabeth Area – Gamtoos to Swartkops Rivers by Helen J. Vanderplank
The attached lists of birds, reptiles and plants are a useful guide and can be downloaded to your mobile phones. Please click on the pictures on the Home Page for a full list of birds, reptiles, fauna & flora found in the region.
THE BLUE HORIZON BAY COMMUNITY WATCH
Security of the community is of paramount importance and the reward for success in this endeavour is a village that is virtually free of serious crime.
Well-ordered measures to ensure security have been put in place by the highly effective Community Watch. Their diligence in monitoring the movement of people to and from the village and their implementation of other measures are largely to thank for a situation envied nationwide. Of importance too is the village’s relative isolation, with access and egress being on a single road.
The Community Watch also has properly developed disaster management plans and systems in place. These address other threats, such as fire. A very successful association with a local medical emergency firm caters for all medical emergencies that might occur.
CLEARING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PLOT IN BLUE HORIZON BAY
Plot clearing is a very sensitive issue in our Conservancy where fauna and flora is protected.
Please familiarize yourself with the animals and vegetation in our village so that you can contribute to the well-being of the conservancy.
Milkwood trees are protected and cannot be cleared or cut without permission from the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). We include the necessary forms on this site to guide you, but you will need to contact the Port Elizabeth office for license forms and plot inspection.
Further information: Protected trees and plot clearing and license forms: http://www.daff.gov.za/daffweb3/FAQs – Example of these forms can be viewed/downloaded by clicking on the DAFF logo on the right hand side column.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
30 Pearson Road, Central, Port Elizabeth.
Pvt Bag X12998, Centra hill, Port Elizabeth 6006.
Tel: 041 407 4003 / 484 2725
BUILDING: Please also note when building that it is necessary to identify all boundary pegs; erect an approved toilet and 250-liter drum for storage of waste. All materials must be stored on the site and not on the verge and no concrete can be mixed on the road.