Noetzie contains a great variety of wildlife. Certain residents maintain a number of stealth cameras and members have been surprised by the number and varied nature of the species recorded. Some of our local residents and regular visitors are experienced bird watchers and invite you to try and spot birds they have not included on our list.
The importance of living in harmony with the local wildlife is one of the objectives of the NCOA.
Visitors are welcomed, but please keep in mind that
- Driving on the beach is illegal.
- Birds which lay eggs on the beach, such as the threatened White Fronted Plover, are affected by human activity and by dogs allowed off their leashes. These lay eggs from November to January and the hatchlings are at their most vulnerable at the peak festive season.
- Dogs are fantastic pets, but bringing dogs into a conservancy can be devastating for the wildlife, if the dogs are not controlled and not on a leash at all times. No dogs are allowed east of the Noetzie river, as this is part of the Sinclaire Nature Reserve. Finding dog faeces on the beach may ruin a fantastic experience for the next person that comes to enjoy the beauty of Noetzie.
- Fishermen are implored to not leave fishing line about as this is hazardous to birds.
- No powered craft are permitted on the Noetzie River and lagoon.
- Swimmers have priority at all times.
- NO fires are permitted anywhere on the beach area.
- Overnighting on the beach or in the adjacent forest areas is not permissible.
- Noise pollution must be avoided. No amplified noise, electrified music or fire crackers are allowed
Recreational Fishing and Bait Collection
All members who fish and collect off the rocks are required to have permits on their persons when fishing and bait collecting. Permits are available from the Knysna Post office, SANParks offices (estuary only) or any Department of Environmental Affairs: Oceans and Coasts.
Vervet monkeys and baboons
There is nothing apparently cuter than a monkey or baboon eating food given to it by a human, such as an apple, banana or sweet that it has learned to unwrap. Feeding primates in this way could result in a death sentence for the animal which may become so tame that it threatens the safety of small children.
It is imperative to refrain from feeding all animals, but especially monkeys and baboons.