In the north eastern Free State, a 60 km green corridor is being created that will link the upper Wilge Protected Environment to the Sneeuwberg.
The plan is to create a place of refuge for the bird species that are threatened by climate change and the destruction of South Africa’s grasslands.
It will be an add-on to the already 17 456 hectares that became part of the Sneeuwberg Protected Environment in 2016.
For Dr Melissa Howes-Whitecross, who works for BirdLife South Africa and is a Visiting Researcher at Wits’ School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences (APES), it is one answer to South Africa’s dwindling unique grassland habitats. MORE