Skills and Knowledge Acquired by Participants

Basic Survival
Learn how to survive in the mountains in a survival situation. Find water, find food, set-up or find shelter to stay comfortable overnight, keep your morale up and find your way back.

Setting up and maintaining Pit Fall and Funnel Traps for small vertebrates and invertebrates
Sampling small animals using non-lethal trapping techniques, processing specimens and creating data. 

Palp-footed Spider (Palpimanus)

Arthropod Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
Collecting and documenting specimens and submitting data for the continued monitoring and conservation of the smaller animals we share our world with. Arthropod data collection is also important for the creation of lists for the area. The SCBC is currently involved in a Butterfly conservation project in partnership with a network of conservationists in the Soutpansberg.

Acraea lygus

Reptile and Amphibian Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
Collecting and documenting specimens and submitting data to projects that are monitoring and atlasing species. One of our primary objectives at the SCBC is to have an on-going long-term herpetological survey to find what species occur in the Soutpansberg. The list continues to grow as we uncover species not thought to occur in the area.

Serrated Hinged Terrapin (Pelusios sinuatus)
Horticulture and Conservation through Indigenous Plants
Horticulture is an important life skill in a changing world and can be applied to any situation, wherever you end up in the world – from a small indoor garden on a window sill, to the development of a nursery. Learn how to grow different plants from seeds and cuttings, how to distribute indigenous plants, and create enthusiasm and awareness for conservation.

Leopard tracks in some moist sand.

Basic Tracking
In an area where human activities have been part of the environment for decades, the wildlife tends to be wary of people and this has resulted in their becoming secretive. Often the only clues we have of animals in the area are the tracks they have left behind. Participants will leave with some basic tracking skills.

Bird Identification and Bird Conservation Data Collection
Birds are strong indicators of biodiversity and the SCBC is constantly collecting related data. Participants will learn bird identification techniques through sight and sound. Participants will also take part in avian data collection through participation in the South African Bird Atlas Project.
Cape Batis (Batis capensis hollidayi)

Fundraising and Raising Public Awareness
One of the purposes of horticulture is to allow the SCBC to establish a rapport with people living in the area. Once a week we will go into town to sell plants while raising awareness of our project and the greater conservation issues in the area.

Basic Ecology and Conservation in a Changing World
Participants will leave with a greater understanding of ecology and conservational issues in a local and global sense. Working in a Unesco Biosphere Reserve will give the participant an introduction to the challenges facing conservation in a changing world. Further, the experience at the SCBC will demonstrate how it is possible to live a life where conservation is a fundamental guiding value.

Macro Photography
Because the SCBC uses non-lethal data collection techniques, documenting specimens properly is vital. Learn how to make the most of your camera’s macro function.

Portia Widow (Palpopleura portia)

Living off the Grid
At the SCBC we are not dependent on the municipal electricity, water, sewerage and waste removal. We function independently and participants will learn how easy it can be to live off the grid. We use solar energy and fire for power; waste is processed through recycling and composting; sewerage is contained through a French drain and septic tank system; and finally water comes from a mountain stream, and may well be the best water participants have ever tasted.

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