Dr Garth Batchelor:

23 May 2017 (18h30 at Penryn College Auditorium)

Abridged CV and brief description of talk:  Garth studied Zoology at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, his Honours at Rhodes and completed an M.Sc and Ph.D. on fresh water fish and aquaculture from the Rand Afrikaans University. He worked for the former Transvaal Division of Nature Conservation and later was the Director for Environmental Management for Mpumalanga Provincial Government. He has been retired for the past three years and watches Crowned Eagles in his spare time.

 

He has received two Owl awards from Birdlife South Africa, one in 2001 in recognition for his monitoring of the endangered Blue Swallows at Kaapsehoop and another for research on the Crowned Eagles around Nelspruit in 2016.

In 2013 he also received the “Raptor Conservationist of the Year Award” from the Endangered Wildlife Trust for the work being done on Crowned Eagles in Mpumalanga by the Crowned Eagle Working Group.

 

He has been monitoring the Crowned Eagles around Nelspruit for over ten years along the escarpment on SAPPI and Safcol properties as well as on private properties.

 

The talk will discuss the biology of these eagles

–         distribution

–         population density and nest spacing in Mpumalanga

–         prey species

–         threats.

–         the work being done by the Crowned Eagle Working Group