WARM UP THIS WINTER AT THE SIXTH ANNUAL CHRISSIESMEER CRANE FESTIVAL!

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Be sure to join the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) this winter from 23 – 25 June 2017 at the annual Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival, held in a uniquely beautiful part of the Mpumalanga Highveld which is only about 2 hours away Johannesburg.

The festival will cater for all, with a variety of activities from field trips to see Endangered cranes, children’s games, local traditional dancing, timeless music, and a variety of stalls. In celebration of the area’s Scottish ancestry, one of the festival’s highlights is the colourful Scottish fireplace concert with a warm atmosphere, good music, and delicious cuisine.

Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Lakes District, the little village of Chrissiesmeer in Mpumalanga derives its name from the adjacent Lake Chrissie, the largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa. There are also approximately 300 lakes and pans located within a radius of 20 kilometres around Lake Chrissie. Three different types of pans occur here, creating excellent habitat for a wide variety of species, in particular birds. It is this uniqueness and value from a water and biodiversity perspective that makes the Chrissiesmeer area so important to protect for future generations.

The EWT’s African Crane Conservation Programme has been working with the farming and rural communities in this area to protect and sustainably manage its natural resources for the past five years. The area, covering more than 60 000 ha, was declared a Protected Environment in 2014, and is home to two of our three threatened crane species. This includes our National Bird the Blue Crane, as well as a magnificent flock of Grey Crowned Cranes. Birding tours to see these beautiful birds are a major highlight of the festival.

The objective of the festival is to increase environmental awareness among visitors, local communities and the public of the importance of Chrissiesmeer’s biodiversity and the conservation of this crucial crane habitat. The festival also seeks to boost the tourism potential of the area by promoting Chrissiesmeer as a great destination for birders and nature lovers, photographers, anglers and cyclists, to name a few.

The event is hosted by U and Me Creative in partnership with the EWT. For more information on the Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival please contact Charmain at cranefestival@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page “Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival”.

Contact:

Ursula Franke
Highveld Regional Coordinator
African Crane Conservation Programme
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Tel: +27 83 332 8859
ursulaf@ewt.org.za
Belinda Glenn
Communication and Brand Manager
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Tel: +27 87 021 0398 (ext. 110)
belindag@ewt.org.za

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