"Blue Cranes are experiencing declines throughout much of their range in Southern Africa, mainly due to factors such as habitat loss. The Western Cape population of cranes seems stable however, potentially as a result of their reliance on agricultural fields in this region. Conversely, conflict with farmers is an emerging issue for this population, as cranes may be inflicting damage to crops and farmers retaliate by poisoning. Our study wants to investigate attitudes and quantify conflict between blue cranes and farmers in the Overberg and Swartland regions, and suggest potential solutions to this problem. We (in association with the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology and The Endangered Wildlife Trust) are specifically interested in how the type of land-use - impacts the attitudes of farmers, and in developing a way to identify areas of high conflict. We will be using a combination of interviews and resighting data from ringed birds in order to answer these questions." 

Thank you very much to the Tygerberg Bird Club for their support. 

Julia van Velden 

Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology