CapeNature launched its State of Biodiversity Programme to assess and monitor the state of biodiversity in the Western Cape in 1999. CapeNature has different monitoring and data collecting programmes that cover many different taxa with a particular focus on threatened species such as the Black Eagle breeding success and natural processes ranging from protea seedling regeneration after fires to monitoring frog populations in relation to global climate change.
Information on the distribution of plants and animals is stored in the CapeNature Biodiversity Database. This database houses taxonomic data and relationships for each taxon in the Western Cape. The database also holds distribution records for each taxon. Distribution data is not limited to CapeNature reserves and covers most of the province. Distribution data is obtained from a variety of sources: museum and herbarium specimens, photographs, audio recordings and observations, tissue samples, spoor & scats.
Visitors to the Cederberg Conservancy can help to contribute to the State of Biodiversity of the Cederberg by recording observations on a data sheet and submitting it on our Facebook page.