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The Black Oystercatcher’s land has been dedicated to conservation.

The property forms part of the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA), the first venture of its kind in the country. Through the SMA, 25 landowners, including those wine farms that make up the Elim wine ward, are working together to manage their land collectively. They have combined agriculture and biodiversity conservation to the benefit of the environment and to all who live in the area. Key to this is fighting climate change, and facilitating species survival in the face of global warming.

Dirk Human, the founder, owner and wine-maker of the boutique wines at the Black Oystercatcher, is also the Chairman (and a founding member) of the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA. The SMA has already enjoyed numerous successes. More

Black Oystercatcher is a member of the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area.


The Agulhas Plain is a renowned birding destination. According to the Agulhas Plains Birding Project, a project run between 2010 and 2015, the Plain is home to 235 species – as recorded on the project list to date. And this list is continuously growing.

The Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm itself is home to a number of these bird species. Birders found the Red-chested Flufftail close to the Waagschaalvlei on the Black Oystercatcher farm. The wetland is also home to an increasing number of African Marsh-Harriers, believed to be moving back to the area because of the invasive alien clearing work taking place on the Plain. More

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